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Eclipse Aviation is among the GA manufacturers working with the FAA in the program. "The FITS concept reflects our longstanding belief that scenario-based training is critical, and is a perfect fit for Eclipse 500 training requirements," Eclipse CEO Vern Raburn said in a news release late last month. "We are committed to creating an innovative syllabus that will serve as a next-generation model for other aviation training institutions." Avemco, an aviation insurance company, has announced that satisfactory completion of certain FITS training may qualify pilots for premium credits of up to 10 percent under their Safety Rewards Program. Other partners in the FITS development team include Cirrus Design; AirShares Elite, a major fleet customer for the Cirrus aircraft; and Avidyne and Garmin, the avionics suppliers for Cirrus. Academic partners are Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Jeppesen, and King Schools. An industry oversight team includes the Small Aircraft Manufacturers Association, General Aviation Manufacturers Association, National Air Transportation Association, and the Air Safety Foundation.