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Sikorsky Takes Stake In Eclipse; Prod. To Resume  
User currently offlineN328KF From United States of America, joined May 2004, 6483 posts, RR: 3
Posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1686 times:

According to FlightGlobal, Sikorsky has taken a stake in Eclipse, producer of the Eclipse 500, allowing production of that aircraft to resume.

What is Sikorsky's motivation here? Other than sailplanes (through Schweizer), they have not dabbled in fixed-wing aircraft since the Pan Am Clipper era. I figure:

1. Sikorsky may eventually acquire all of Eclipse and merge it with Schweizer.
2. Sikorsky intends to use Eclipse to develop small UAVs.
3. Sikorsky intends to cross-sell Eclipse aircraft and aircraft such as the S-97.

http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...rsky-is-part-owner-of-eclipse.html


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User currently offlineCARST From Germany, joined Jul 2006, 809 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1598 times:

I have no technical knowledge, but could it be because the "Eclipe Innovations" ?

http://eclipseaerospace.net/innovations.php

Eclipse writes on their website that they have invented the first engine fire suppression system not using Halon, they named it PhostrEx™.

Halon is banned for industry use since the Montreal Protocol entered into force on 01/01/1989, because its effect on the ozone layer. But aircrafts are still allowed to use it for fire suppression.



If that is not the reason I think Sikorsky management just believes in the VLJ market and wants to have its share.


User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15713 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1583 times:

I think it just might be Sikorsky being opportunistic to get into a new and growing segment of the market. There are a lot of players fighting for the VLJ market, but Sikorsky has been getting the job done for years so undoubtedly will be a boost to Eclipse. For one thing, I would guess that the customer support infrastructure Sikorsky has dwarfs what Eclipse had on their own. If you are buying a plane, Cessna or Embraer probably have parts and people just about everywhere, but Eclipse may not and that is definitely a factor when aircraft shopping.


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User currently offlinesppl24 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 19 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1558 times:

Schweizer was dumped long ago by Sikorsky K and L Soaring the grandson of the original Schweizer now holds the type certificate for all the Schweizer gliders. From what I understand mostly supporting 2-33's for the Canadian Air force. But are very helpful if you have a 1-26.

User currently offlineFly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1537 times:

Frankly I see all these very light jets as worthless toys. They're slow, very limited in range, and expensive. You can get a much more capable turboprop that's just as fast for less. I just don't see what's in it for Sikorsky. That impending VLJ "boom" hype from a few years ago was very overblown.

User currently offlineN328KF From United States of America, joined May 2004, 6483 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1476 times:

Quoting sppl24 (Reply 3):
Schweizer was dumped long ago by Sikorsky K and L Soaring the grandson of the original Schweizer now holds the type certificate for all the Schweizer gliders. From what I understand mostly supporting 2-33's for the Canadian Air force. But are very helpful if you have a 1-26.

Schweizer helos are still sold by Sikorsky, and are the basis for several new products.



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User currently onlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21490 posts, RR: 56
Reply 6, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1411 times:

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 2):
If you are buying a plane, Cessna or Embraer probably have parts and people just about everywhere

Actually, Embraer doesn't have that wide service coverage for bizjets that aren't airliner derivatives. That's one big advantage Cessna has in comparing the CJ4 with the Phenom 300 (which are otherwise very comparable aircraft).

-Mir



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