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Eclipse Ad Hoc Owners Committee Formed

by John M. White |

When you realize that Eclipse Aviation has already delivered 259 aircraft and took over $ 300 million in deposits for future deliveries it is clear that the customers will wind up being the largest creditor group in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.  To this end they have organized a committee to protect their interests and in a news release said that this committee will act for the common interests of all Eclipse 500 and Eclipse 400 owners and position holders.Click on image to enlarge

David Green, President of the Eclipse 500 Owners Club was chosen as chairman of the committee, and said that "Prospective purchasers of company assets must recognize that satisfied customers, many of whom have supported Eclipse for over eight years, can be the most effective marketing group for Eclipse aircraft." 

If you think about it for a minute you realize that General Aviation is far from dead, and that there are still a lot of folks interested in owning and operating private jets in both their business ventures and for personal use.  While the news reports tell us we are in the worst financial situation since the Great Depression business till moves forward. 

It seems that Congress's complaint about auto company private jets may have focused some attention on business aviation for a few minutes and only took the focus off of Congress itself, who many believe contributed greatly to the current financial crisis.  I guess it is not time to send in our pilot's licenses yet!

Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch!


  There is an art, it says, or rather, a knack to flying.
    The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.
    Pick a nice day, it suggests, and try it.
    The first part is easy.
    All it requires is simply the ability to throw yourself forward with all your weight, and willingness not to   mind that it's going to hurt.
    That is, it's going to hurt if you fail to miss the ground.
    Most people fail to miss the ground, and if they are really trying properly, the likelihood is that they will fail to miss it fairly hard.
    Clearly, it is this second part, the missing, which presents the difficulties.
    One problem is that you have to miss the ground accidentally. It's no good deliberately intending to miss the ground because you won't. You have to have your attention suddenly distracted by something else when you're halfway there, so that you are no longer thinking about falling, or about the ground, or about how much it's going to hurt if you fail to miss it.
    It is notoriously difficult to prise your attention away from these three things during the split second you have at your disposal. Hence most people's failure, and their eventual disillusionment with this exhilarating and spectacular sport.
If, however, you are lucky enough to have your attention momentarily distracted at the crucial moment by, say, a gorgeous pair of legs (tentacles, pseudopodia, according to phyllum and/or personal inclination) or a bomb going off in your vicinity, or by suddenly spotting an extremely rare species of beetle crawling along a nearby twig, then in your astonishment you will miss the ground completely and remain bobbing just a few inches above it in what might seem to be a slightly foolish manner.
    This is a moment for superb and delicate concentration.
    Bob and float, float and bob.
    Ignore all considerations of your own weight and simply let yourself waft higher.
    Do not listen to what anybody says to you at this point because they are unlikely to say anything helpful.
    They are most likely to say something along the lines of, 'Good God, you can't possibly be flying!'
    It is vitally important not to believe them or they will suddenly be right.
    Waft higher and higher.
    Try a few swoops, gentle ones at first, then drift above the treetops breathing regularly.
    When you have done this a few times you will find the moment of distraction rapidly becomes easier and easier to achieve.
    You will then learn all sorts of things about how to control your flight, your speed, your manoeuvrability, and the trick usually lies in not thinking too hard about whatever you want to do, but just allowing it to happen as if it was going to anyway.
    You will also learn about how to land properly, which is something you will almost certainly cock up, and cock up badly, on your first attempt.
There are private flying clubs you can join which help you achieve the all-important moment of distraction. They hire people with surprising bodies or opinions to leap out from behind bushes and exhibit and/or explain them at the critical moments. Few genuine hitch-hikers will be able to afford to join these clubs, but some may be able to get temporary employment at them.

— Douglas Adams, 'The Hitch-Hikers Guide To The Galaxy,' which I heard as a kid on BBC radio 4 the first time it was broadcast. Since then its been a four-book trilogy and a TV show.

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