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Eclipse Aero­space re­ceived FAA pro­duc­tion cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for its Eclipse 550 twin-engine jet. The pro­duc­tion cer­tifi­cate al­lows Eclipse to man­u­fac­ture the very light jet and its parts in con­form­ity with FAA-ap­proved type de­sign and is only granted when the FAA has de­ter­mined that the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­cesses and qual­ity sys­tems com­ply with all fed­eral reg­u­la­tions. The Eclipse 550, with a base price of $2.7 mil­lion, will have the same air frame and Pratt & Whitney en­gines of the orig­i­nal Eclipse 500, and will in­clude en­hanced avion­ics sys­tems from In­no­va­tive So­lu­tions & Sup­port (IS&S) of Ex­ton. Eclipse said it ex­pects to make 50 to 100 per year with de­liv­er­ies in 2013. ur­gent steps to strengthen the in­sti­tu­tions like DGCA to meet the chal­lenges of a fast­grow­ing air traf­fic. “In the last two years alone do­mes­tic traf­fic has grown by 36 per cent and in­ter­na­tional by 19 per cent. How­ever, there has been vir­tu­ally no in­crease in re­sources at the DGCA. Un­der-staffing, there­fore, is once again a ma­jor con­cern as the reg­u­la­tory over­sight is weak,” said CAPA in a study. CAPA also ob­served that “it is dis­ap­point­ing to note that the fo­cus on safety which emerged in the af­ter­math of the Man­ga­lore ac­ci­dent in May 2010 has evap­o­rated”. Terming the safety re­port card “dis­mal”, it said the Civil Avi­a­tion Safety Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil did not meet for a year, while in­ci­dent and op­er­a­tional data anal­y­sis was “poor”.

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