Los Angeles-based light jet aircraft broker and services firm Aerocor secured FAA approval for its Eclipse 500/550 initial and recurrent training programs. With the FAA nod, Aerocor is bundling the training programs with the available preowned Eclipses in its sales portfolio, a move the company said will enable customers to finance the training programs with the purchase of the aircraft.
The approval is particularly important, Aerocor said, because initial pilot training for the Eclipse models must be conducted by an FAA-approved, standardized training provider. That requirement limits options for owners, it added. Not only does the approval add to Eclipse training availability, but it also enables Aerocor to further its support to Eclipse owners. The Eclipse type certificate also requires that Eclipse pilots receive upset recovery training before their initial type rating training, and Aerocor can help arrange this.
Aerocor retained Eclipse instructor and designated pilot examiner Greg Webster to steer the program. “We are very excited to have Greg on board. Clients choose Aerocor because of our in-depth product knowledge and so it was important for us to provide that same level of expertise in our training product,” said Aerocor co-founder Gavin Woodman.
Since approval, Aerocor has completed the first couple of initial type ratings and about a dozen recurrent events, it said. Eyeing expansion in this arena, the company is planning to hire staff and roll out other light-jet training programs in the near future.