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Monday, January 7, 2013

Eclipse Aerospace Looks to Upgrade U.S. Air Force SUPT Fleet

Eclipse Aerospace is looking to fulfill the U.S. Air Force’s (USAF) need to provide a large fleet of very light jets (VLJ) to support its specialized undergraduate pilot training (SUPT) program.

(Eclipse business jet)

The SUPT program currently operates a 20-year-old fleet of legacy business jets that are becoming increasingly expensive to maintain as they age. Eclipse said its jet is 70 percent more fuel efficient than current SUPT legacy aircraft, and would save the Air Force $500 million per year in reduced jet fuel costs.

Eclipse CEO Mason Holland recently met with senior Air Force leaders to discuss the option of using the Eclipse twin-engine jet for the SUPT program.

“The Eclipse Jet meets and/or exceeds all of the SUPT syllabus requirements. More important, from a budgetary viewpoint, our response demonstrates how the USAF can save over $1 billion of O&M costs over 10 years by converting to an Eclipse Jet fleet,” said Holland. More 

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