Eclipse Aerospace debuts anti-skid brake system for very light jets
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., 27 Sept. 2012. Eclipse Aerospace Inc. added an Anti-Skid Braking System (ABS) as a new option for the Eclipse Twin-Engine Very Light Jet (VLJ).
ABS is designed to provide maximum braking energy and skid control without the need for a conventional hydraulic system. Eclipse Aerospace’s new ABS is available as an option on the new production Eclipse 550 jets, and will be offered as a retrofit to the existing fleet.
The new system will include two brake control valves installed in each wheel well, two-axle mounted wheel speed sensors, a computer, and updated Avio Processing Center software. The total installation weighs approximately 17 pounds. Eclipse Aerospace will also offer a weight-reduction package that will minimize the weight impact of the ABS installation.
"Testing of this system has exceeded our expectations, from normal touchdown speeds to a complete stop in less than 750 feet with aggressive braking,” says Cary Winter, senior vice president of Eclipse Aerospace Engineering. "ABS and the previously announced Auto Throttles are just two of the many exciting new features and engineering enhancements Eclipse Aerospace will be releasing in the very near future.”
The Anti-Skid Braking System will be available as an option on all IFMS equipped aircraft.
In-aircraft testing is complete with certification and availability expected within six months. The certified ABS retrofit installation for the Eclipse Jet will be available in early 2013, with installation on new production Eclipse 550 Jets available at initial deliveries.