Eclipse and Kestrel form ONE Aviation Corporation


Eclipse in the static at Farnborough (Photo: Terry Spruce)

Eclipse Aerospace and Kestrel Aircraft have merged form ONE Aviation Corporation, a new company that designs and manufactures business jets and turboprops. The company’s current core products are the Eclipse 550 business jet and Kestrel K350 single engine turboprop. The announcement was made at the AERO Friedrichshafen show in Germany.

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Alan Klapmeier, CEO of ONE Aviation, said: “We are excited to announce the formation of ONE Aviation. I feel privileged to lead this experienced team of aviation professionals as we increase production of the Eclipse Jet, further the development of the Kestrel turboprop, and build a suite of general aviation products second to none in the industry.”

“I am particularly excited about the Eclipse 550. As our pilot experience and aircraft needs grow, we look to move up – to fly higher, faster, and safer. For many pilots and aircraft owners, the Eclipse Jet, with its incredible efficiency and safety record, provides that next step,” added Klapmeier.

Mason Holland, chairman of ONE Aviation, said: “Combining the synergies of Eclipse and Kestrel under the leadership of Alan Klapmeier is a perfect fit. I believe that our current, as well as our future, customers will appreciate Alan’s vision and his prior experience in leading the design, development, and production of one of the world’s most successful aircraft programs. Alan knows our customers, he is a champion for them, and he is recognized throughout the aviation industry as an innovator and transformational leader.”

The Eclipse Jet is currently in production and is the world’s only twin-engine light jet priced below $3 million dollars.

The Kestrel K350 is currently under development and is a single-engine turboprop aircraft.