Eclipse Aerospace, in final preparations to renew customer deliveries of its very light jet, received FAA clearance to extend the service life for both the new 550 and the existing fleet of 500s. The new service life is 20,000 hr./20,000 cycles, which Eclipse says will provide a typical operator more than 50 years of operations and improve airframe residual value. The extension comes after Eclipse subjected one of its jets to movements, loads and fatigue that typically would be ...


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