Emissions Control - Flying by the numbers
The Eclipse 500 VLJ will be the greenest man made thing aloft ? judging, at least, by the promotional campaign the Albuquerque jet maker has been pushing recently. Because of its fuel efficiency, carbon emissions, noise pollution, hazmats and even the recyclability of the planes anatomy once its lifespan has come to an end, Eclipse declares is superiority over all competitors. Considering all this, one is tempted to tag ?the Prius of the skies,? which gives us an idea. What better way to judge the greenness of the Eclipse against its rivals than to judge them against Toyota?s iconic hybrid, as well? Granted, according to our resulting Prius scale, flying an Eclipse is like driving seven Priuses, at the same time, through the upper atmosphere.