Eclipse Aerospace has joined forces with PZL Mielec to produce major components for the Eclipse 550. PZL Mielec - an affiliate of Eclipse shareholder Sikorsky - will manufacture the fuselage, empennage and wings for the very light jet in Poland. The parts will be shipped to Eclipse's Albuquerque, New Mexico facility for final assembly. First deliveries of the six-seat aircraft are scheduled for 2013.
"The signing of the PZL Eclipse 550 airframe contract is another major milestone in our production path," says Eclipse chief executive Mason Holland. "Utilising the world-class facilities of PZL Mielec in the production of our airframe components is huge for Eclipse. Their proven facilities and experience will further accelerate our efforts while reducing production start-up risk."