ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque jet-builder Eclipse Aerospace is under new ownership. The new company is called ONE Aviation. It was formed by merging Eclipse Aerospace with an aviation firm called Kestrel Aircraft.
Company spokesman Chad Elkins said there are no plans for any changes to Eclipse manufacturing operations in Albuquerque.
“The merger allows our leadership and production teams to use one another for advantage,” said Elkins.
The new ONE Aviation CEO is aerospace veteran Alan Klapmeier, co-founder of Cirrus Aviation. However, Eclipse Aerospace founder Mason Holland will stay on and serve as the chairman of the board of ONE Aviation.
“Alan knows our customers, he is a champion for them, and he is recognized throughout the aviation industry as an innovator and transformational leader,” said Holland.
“Combining the synergies of Eclipse and Kestrel under the leadership of Alan Klapmeier is a perfect fit,” Holland added.
“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.”
Eclipse Aerospace is selling an average of one of its jets a month and servicing others.
Kestrel Aircraft is developing an 8-passenger turbo-prop it hopes to start flying within two years.
Elkins said the Kestrel team hopes to tap the Eclipse experience in developing supply chains for building and marketing the Kestrel.