The $1.5 million Eclipse 500 is the first "very light jet" certified to provide air-taxi services at small regional airports. Innovations include a partially rivet-free welded aluminum fuselage. "This could revolutionize air travel," judge Ron Snyder says.
PRODUCT Eclipse 500
MANUFACTURER Eclipse Aviation
DESIGNERS Eclipse, Ideo and BMW
BOTTOM LINE One jet sold in late 2006, with 2,500 units under deposit. Capacity is sold out until 2008.
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