The Eclipse 500 is a small 3 to 4-seat business jet aircraft manufactured by Eclipse Aerospace. The Eclipse 500 competes in a new class of business jet referred to by most as Very Light Jets (VLJs), and previously coined as “microjets.” The VLJ concept sprung from the idea that there may be a demand for a smaller, more efficient jet that could compete against turbo props and standard light jets. Thus, some refer to a VLJ as the entry-level charter jet.
From the beginning, the Eclipse 500 VLJ was intended to bring a new economy to small jet aircraft, and both cost of acquisition and ongoing operational costs were considered in the design of the plane. The aircraft is powered by two lightweight Pratt & Whitney Canada PW610F turbofan engines in aft fuselage-mounted nacelles.