New Mexico-based One Aviation unveiled the first of three planned prototype aircraft, Eclipse 700 (aka “Project Canada”) variant of the Eclipse 500. The first aircraft, built from an experimental Eclipse 500, sports an aerodynamically conforming version of the new aircraft’s larger wing design.
The 700’s wing is based on the Eclipse 550 wing planform, and the most noticeable difference is a nearly four-foot wingspan extension. The inboard section has received aerodynamic tweaking to reduce parasite drag, and the intersection of the wing strake has moved outboard to provide increased fuel capacity that, in addition to enabling a projected NBAA IFR range of 1,470 nm, negates the need for the wingtip-mounted fuel tanks seen on the Eclipse 500/550.
“We intend to do a series of developmental prototypes before reaching what we consider a full EA700 prototype,” One Aviation CEO Alan Klapmeier stated. That new aircraft will also feature a 14-inch fuselage stretch for greater cabin and baggage volume over the Eclipse 550.