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I have read with much interest the article on the Eclipse Aerospace EA500, by Robert Goyer which makes a good account of recent and past events; neverthless I, as engineer am interested in thechnical and economic info so i would like to ask to Goyer or somebody else the info that the article lacks. These are:
1)The price listed is the of the airplane refurbished but at least approximately how much it will cost totally new with zero flight hours.
2) it is reported an hourly cost of $600 but how much is the hourly fuel consumption; only 900 lb of thrust sould result in a low fuel consumption.
3) why is the fuselage tapered toward the tail? Is it to keep the wheight low?
And I think that Eclipse should abandon the sidesticks which they adopted for economical reason for conventional yokes.
After all, I think this is a beatiful airplane and a very nice novelty!
Antonio - Italy
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