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Flying high with sealing safety

The Eclipse 500 VLJ, a lightweight jet for six passengers, from Eclipse Aviation Corporation has Simrit on board. Both companies have entered into a long-term contract that will supply the Eclipse 500 VLJ program with Simrit seals.

A plane that acts as a taxi is not just a future concept for the engineers at Eclipse Aviation. Using novel technology, the aircraft manufacturer wants to add new dimensions to the emerging personal aircraft marketplace.

Additionally, they want to achieve this with end prices that are half of what rival companies offer. Using a Pratt & Whitney engine, Eclipse builds a two engine turbo jet aircraft that can carry up to six passengers. Simrit's aviation seals are part of this revolutionary aircraft.

A long-term contract has secured that Simrit of America will supply the Eclipse 500 aircraft with Simrit seals.

With the supplier's materials competency and strong technical ability, Simrit Americas combined with Simrit of Canada are firm partners to both Pratt & Whitney and Eclipse.

The advantages of air taxis

The concept of the air taxi originated in the 1990s. The service is recommended for distances between approximately 300 miles (500 kilometres) to just over 1,200 miles (2,000 kilometres) and saves on time, especially on less frequently travelled routes. Plus, an air taxi flight eliminates commercial terminals and long layovers since small jet aircraft can serve many connections in a short period of time. The Eclipse 500 VLJ transports up to six passengers at a cruising range of approximately 1,100 miles (1.800 kilometres) with a speed of almost 430 mi/hr (700km/hr) and an altitude of up to 41,000 feet (13,500 metres).

Until the Eclipse 500 VLJ, this type of transportation was too costly for use as a "taxi service". With a price tag of $1.5 million U.S. dollars, an end price far below its competitors, Eclipse is making the air taxi a reality.

Simrit - Your technology specialist

In Aerospace, there is no alternative to outstanding product quality for sealing components. Extreme thermal stresses, pressure or ozone and UV influences place enormous demands on materials and seals. Simrit – your global technology specialist with comprehensive application knowledge – offers you a complete sealing programme for all essential aircraft systems. With a multitude of solutions tailored to the approvals and certifications of the aerospace industry.

Press release issued by Freudenberg Simrit GmbH & Co. KG on February 13, 2007


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