jetAVIVA Offers Eclipse 500 Training

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One of the bottlenecks Eclipse is dealing with is a backlog of training for its customers as their new jets roll off the assembly line. In a recent letter to customers, Eclipse CEO Vern Raburn said it will be sometime in the spring before the company can "close the gap between customer aircraft delivery and customer pilot training." For those who don't want to wait, jetAVIVA, a very light jet management company formed by a group of former Eclipse employees has started an independent training service intended to get owners started with their training while they wait for their spot in the Eclipse-run type rating course.

Customers in the jetAVIVA program can choose three courses ranging from 10.5 to 45 flight hours. The most elaborate course offers clients training in maximum range trips and night operations. The company says the goal of the courses is to get Eclipse customers familiar with the aircraft before they take the mandatory type-rating course. The training is designed to ensure they'll ace the type rating.