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Jet auction online.

All kinds of things have been sold on eBay--stuffed bears, concert tickets, pilot gear, plans for build-it-yourself airplanes, and a very light jet.

Actually, the very light jet, an Eclipse 500, was sold last month for $1.8 million, not through the mainstream eBay site, but in a private-label online auction that eBay made possible.

The manufacturer, Eclipse Aviation Corp. in Albuquerque, N.M., had said a few years ago that it would offer one of its planes online, and now, a few months after the aircraft was approved for manufacture, the company has delivered on its promise. The jet, serial number 000038, had a list price of $1.7 million and a reserve of $1.6 million, the minimum bid the company would entertain.

The auction was held at a special site accessible from the Eclipse Web site. According to Eclipse, the auction was open to members of its Bidders' Club, which began in May 2000, and to anyone else who would pay the same refundable $5,000 deposit. The auction ran from July 30 through Aug. 10 and received 15 bids.

Options on the plane include a Part 135 Package, which enables the jet to be used in commercial operation; a copilot package; SkyWatch HP, a traffic collision avoidance system; Class B terrain awareness warning system; and a radar altimeter. The Eclipse 500 has an empty weight of about 3,600 pounds. By contrast, Bombardier's specifications for the Learjet 40 XR include a "maximum zero-fuel weight" of 16,000 pounds.

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Title Annotation:news & notes; Eclipse Aviation Corp.'s Eclipse 500 was sold in an auction by eBay
Author:Hutchinson, Harry
Publication:Mechanical Engineering-CIME
Article Type:Brief article
Date:Sep 1, 2007
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