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We built the Eclipse Twin-Engine Jet with an eye to the environment. The plane is assembled using friction stir-welding, a green manufacturing process that produces no fumes. It’s engine fire suppression system, PhostrEx is the first Halon alternative agent to be approved by the EPA and FAA in more than 50 years, and conforms to international treaties protecting the earth’s atmosphere. We also considered noise pollution, both inside and outside of the cabin: the Eclipse Jet is a full 40 dB quieter than the world’s most stringent Stage 4 noise requirements, meaning you can have comfortable conversation while landing at airports which restrict aircraft based on engine noise. Want to know more? Contact an Eclipse representative today.
The World's Only Non-Halon Fire Suppression System
The patented PhostrEx fire suppression system is superior to traditional Halon systems in all respects. The PhostrEx agent has no ozone depletion potential and contributes nothing to global warming. When the PhostrEx agent is released, it works in less than one-tenth of a second, combining with moisture in the air and quickly becoming inert. PhostrEx is fast-acting, safe for the enviroment, and requires less maintenance to be performed on the aircraft.
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FSW: A Stronger, Lighter Bond
Eclipse Aerospace pioneered the use of friction stir welding (FSW) in aircraft structures, using it extensively in the primary structure of the Eclipse Jet since receiving FAA approval in 2002. At 20 inches per minute, friction stir welding is approximately 10 times faster than manual riveting and provides a continuous join for improved structural rigidity. Friction stir welding patterns are computer-controlled to ensure accuracy, virtually eliminating time-consuming rework. The resulting airframe structures are stronger and lighter than those built using traditional processes. This is one of the key processes that allows the Eclipse Jet to be the most fuel-efficient twin-engine jet on the planet.
One Coat Saves Cost and Weight
Eclipse Aerospace selected the PPG Aerospace system to provide customers with superior weight savings for enhanced aircraft fuel efficiency, durability for extended service life, and outstanding gloss and color retention. High-solids, chromate-free Desothane HD/CA 9000 series basecoat / clearcoat consists of a heavily pigmented basecoat that provides color in one coat, instead of the typical two or three coats, saving material, weight and application time. The clearcoat provides extended service life, improved buffability and a smoother surface that is easier to clean.
Meets Level 4 Noise Requirements
When compared to all other twin-engine aircraft in the world, the Eclipse Jet emits the lowest amount of carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon monoxide (CO), and mono-nitrogen oxide (NOx). Beyond this, the Eclipse produces less engine noise and engine smoke of any jet aircraft, meeting stringent Level 4 noise requirements that will allow you to fly into small airports late at night. These factors combine to show that the Eclipse Jet generates the smallest carbon footprint of any twin-engine jet or twin turboprop in the world.