Wounded warriors are getting more lift from business aviation thanks to a donated Eclipse 500 very light jet and the continued charity of Universal Weather and Aviation. Eclipse Aerospace announced today that an owner (who wished to remain anonymous) has donated an Eclipse 500 to the Veteran's Air Lift Command, a group of 1,800 volunteers and aircraft owners who fly combat-wounded vets to hospitals or for other compassionate reasons. The Eclipse owners' group will provide pilots for the flights, which will initially be based out of St. Louis after Total Eclipse upgrades are completed on the aircraft in the next several months.

In related news, Gulfstream named Universal Weather and Aviation the winner of its 2010 Outstanding Flight Award in the Commercial category for lending its G150 to support the grassroots organization Impact Player Partners, which provides emotional and financial support for severely wounded or disabled veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and their families.

Since 2007, Universal has donated its G150 to help transport wounded veterans to an event in Sugar Land, Texas, hosted by Impact Player Partners, called Impact a Hero Weekend.

Source: Flight Daily News