Two Pilot Training Partners Join Eclipse Program
Eclipse Aviation selected two companies-Higher Power Aviation of Dallas and Flight Simulation of the Netherlands-to run the model 500 VLJ pilot training program. Flight Simulation will oversee the Eclipse 500 training program, and Higher Power instructors will train U.S. pilots at Eclipse's Albuquerque, N.M. headquarters and eventually at Eclipse's new training facility at nearby Double Eagle II Airport. Flight Simulation will train European pilots and might eventually be responsible for Eclipse 500 pilot training in other regions. Pre-training flight skills assessments and type rating training will be done using flight training devices made by simulator manufacturer Opinicus, which also makes the Eclipse 500 full-motion level-D simulator. The level-D simulators are expected to be ready for training later this year. In 2004, Eclipse had signed an agreement for United Airlines' training division to run the Eclipse type-rating program, but that agreement was terminated in early March.