April 7, 2009
A group of Eclipse 500 owners are in negotiations with Hawker Beechcraft Corp. to maintain and upgrade about 260 jets that were produced by the former Eclipse Aviation Corp.
David Green, chairman of the steering committee for the Eclipse
Owners Group, said Tuesday the group has signed a nonbinding letter
of intent with the Wichita based airplane maker.
The two groups are now trying to reach a binding agreement.
Green says the deal would give Eclipse owners confidence that
their aircraft will be flying in the future.
The owners group would be responsible to the Federal Aviation
Administration and other regulatory agencies for complying with the
very light jet's type certification.
Hawker Beechcraft would supply at its service centers.