For Immediate Release

August 25, 2008
Contact: Alison Duquette
Phone: (202) 267-3883

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On August 11, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) began a 30-day review of Eclipse Aviation’s Very Light Jet, the Eclipse 500. Jerry Mack, a former Boeing safety executive, is leading an oversight team of seven FAA experts with specialties such as flight testing, avionics, and certification. The team members are independent of the original certification group.

The FAA convened this Special Certification Review (SCR) team to look at: aircraft safety, certification of aircraft trim, flaps, screen blanking, and stall speeds. These issues were the subject of Service Difficulty Reports (SDRs) that have been filed by operators since the aircraft was certificated on September 30, 2006. The team will look at whether or not any of these issues were raised during the certification process and if any of the issues are currently a threat to safety.

Special reviews and fact finding investigations are regularly used by the FAA in accordance with agency policy.