Passengers enter the cabin through a 3.9-ft.-high by 1.9-ft.-wide, clamshell, air stair door. The cabin tapers from the widest cross section in the front to the rear section that is considerably smaller.

Aisle width still will be a scant 9 in., thus the three passenger seat configuration will afford better access to the cabin than the optional four passenger chair layout. Individual seats may be removed to provide more room for fewer passengers and it's advisable to board the aircraft from rear to front to ease access. Max payload is 995 lb., and thus it's possible to fill all six seats. NBAA IFR range with max payload is 500 nm and it's likely that six people will be ready for a stretch after a 1-hr., 40-min. mission. Available payload with full fuel is projected to be 500 lb., thus the Eclipse 550 will have to shed 80 lb. of empty weight compared to the current Total Eclipse.

Eclipse 550 aircraft will have interiors far plusher and better fitting than the original Eclipse 500, based upon our impressions with Total Eclipse aircraft on display at NBAA. A single piece headliner, tight tolerance components and improved acoustical insulation will make the aircraft more attractive and quieter for passengers.