Linear Air accepted their first Eclipse Jet, which arrived yesterday at Hanscom, creating quite a crowd despite its location on the East Ramp inside the Air Force Base.
The pilots reported achieving a 700 n.m. range at high-speed cruise with a standard IFR reserve and a clearance to 27,000′. They described the interior noise level as extremely quiet (measurements to follow; I have lent one of them a sound level meter). As far as I could tell, there are no provisions for noise-canceling headsets. The plane has only the standard headset jacks, not a LEMO connector for Bose nor, as far as I could tell from skimming the documentation, tip-power for a Sennheiser.
Linear Air was kind enough to let me sit in the aircraft. The front seat is very comfortable for me (6′ tall), with pretty good visibility. The one really off note in the front seats is a backup attitude indicator that has been stuck on top of the pilot’s side glare shield, partly blocking the view. Supposedly, this will be removed as the avionics suite gets additional certifications.
There are four seats in the back, plus a small baggage area behind the last two rooms. With one back seat moved all the way forward and the far back seat moved all the way back, I was able to sit in the far back seat with my knees brushing the magazine holder of the seat in front. If I owned the airplane, I would remove two of the seats and say “Here is my four-seat 700 n.m. very quiet very capable airplane”.
Fit and finish is excellent throughout.