Juventus From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2835 posts, RR: 2 Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1515 times:
I'm not too eager to see hundreds of these little things up there congesting the airspace more than it already is. I guess I wouldn't be too concerned if the FAA were to back-pedal and take Eclipse's certificate away. Many people agree with me, but few are willing to admit it in fear of a flaming.
Of course they did, to get an airplane certified that's 'kind of a big deal!' Due to the high profile nature of this aircraft, there was pressure on the FAA to get the airplane certified from:
-the manufacturer (obviously!)
-internal FAA pressure
-other portions of the government?
Production problems are certainly not a surprise. An experienced manufacturer has enough trouble producing a new type, let alone a new manufacturer trying to do it!
I would bet the majority of these serious issues the FAA found, such as wire routings, are exaggerated. Heaven forbid a wire bundle be routed through the wrong 1 inch hole. 'Mature' airplane designs are subject to a continual string of SB's, AD's, and the like for much more serious issues than this... which will never make it into the news!
Quoting Juventus (Reply 1): Many people agree with me, but few are willing to admit it in fear of a flaming
Perhaps their competitors? Other than that, I certainly don't care.
Quoting Juventus (Reply 1): I'm not too eager to see hundreds of these little things up there congesting the airspace more than it already is
Mayor From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 9629 posts, RR: 14 Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1257 times:
This is from Oshkosh '06....................
""What I have in my hand is probably the most significant piece of paper in America today, a piece of paper that will truly change the face of aviation," said FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, just before handing the provisional Type Certificate for the Eclipse 500 VLJ, to Vern Raburn, Eclipse Aviation’s president and CEO.
Blakey made the presentation at 1:15 p.m. Thursday during a press conference at the Eclipse Pavilion. Acting Secretary of Transportation Maria Cino and EAA President Tom Poberezny also attended the presentation."
The FAA and the DOT were promoting VLJ's on one hand and complaining about congestion in the air on the other. I guess that shouldn't seem strange.
Might be interesting to see if Marion Blakely is on somebody's BOD after she retired.
"A committee is a group of the unprepared, appointed by the unwilling, to do the unnecessary"----Fred Allen
They generally are, but the FAA has a double job...ensure a safe *and* efficient air transport system. They're not supposed to compromise safety, but they are supposed to get aircraft certified if they can. They don't have the manpower or expertise to assess every aspect of every design...they spot check, and they audit, and they try to ensure that the OEM has the processes and expertise to ensure that what's left meets the FAR's.