Tue, Oct 14, 2008
Despite all the growing pains associated with getting the
Eclipse program up to speed, one thing continues unabated...
Eclipse Pilot training. A visit to the factory flight training
facility a few weeks back showed ANN that this was one part of the
program that seems ready and able to keep up with the demand, and
that Director of Customer Training, Randy Brooks, seems more than
optimistic about their efforts.
Just last January, Eclipse told us that the FAA had awarded
Eclipse's training provider, Higher Power Aviation (HPA),
authorization to conduct Eclipse 500 Type Training under HPA's Part
142 Training Certificate. The authorization increases Eclipse's
training capacity and enables the company to type rate customers
entirely in its certified Level D Full Motion simulators.
During the Part 142 certification process, the FAA examined
Eclipse's training curriculum and analyzed how Eclipse uses its
advanced simulator to train and type rate customer pilots prior to
an aircraft delivery. The certification came just two weeks after
the FAA certified Eclipse's first flight simulator as a Level D
Full Motion device.
The first class of customer pilots began their flight training
in the Level D simulator within days, with subsequent classes
beginning every two weeks. Eclipse now has three Level D Full
Motion simulators in operation, which allows the company to train
and type rate 60 customers per month. The certification was
accomplished through partnerships between Eclipse Aviation and HPA
of Dallas, TX; OPINICUS of Lutz, FL; and Flight Simulation Company
(FSC) of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Eclipse built a state-of-the-art Flight Training Facility at
Double Eagle II Airport on Albuquerque's west side just over a year
ago. Eclipse flight skills assessment eval programs and HPA's Part
142 type rating training are conducted in the simulators.
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