Eclipse Aviation finally gets certification from EASA for six-seat jet

Eclipse Aviation, manufacturer of the world’s first very light jet (VLJ), announced that the European Aviation Safety Agency has finally certified the six-seat Eclipse 500, for registration in 37 European countries.

EASA’s stamp of approval is equivalent to receiving type certification in the U.S. from the Federal Aviation Administration. The decision allows the company to sell aircraft in 37 European countries for non-commercial flight.

Eclipse also announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has certified its upgraded version of jet’s avionics system, the Avio NG 1.5, which integrates and manages the aircraft's major components.

The company expects to obtain new orders in Europe after latest certification.

The certifications come at a key time for the troubled aircraft manufacturer, which sent employees home last week, telling them that company could not meet payroll for the latest two weeks' pay. But latter, all employees were asked to return to work and were issued paychecks as well.

Market experts believes that without long-term financing and among the current global economic crisis, Eclipse has a struggle ahead to survive.