All Aboard the Rat Plane
Fresh off a brush with death over the Amazon, Joe Sharkey is reporting that Eclipse Aviation is about to put Airbus to shame in the deliveries department, though Eclipse's most anticipated product is a mouse to Airbus' elephant. Still, as the A380 debacle continues, the Eclipse 500 "very light" jet might just be zooming around soon.
Sharkey reports that the first order could be delivered to a California aviation company "as early as this week." Nine more should be rolled out this year, with a whopping 515 expected to be delivered next year. The news is most likely to affect you when the jets start being used at air taxis, or sooner if you are all high-class and looking for a private ride. We are looking forward to hearing about the air taxi experience, but we will leave the testing up to you.
· Memo Pad [NYT]
· Joe Sharkey's harrowing tale [Jaunted]
· Hey Airbus, Wake Us When You're Ready [Jaunted]