Eclipse Type Rating Options
Eclipse 500 customers can learn how to fly their shiny new jets without even leaving the ground. Eclipse announced Tuesday that its training provider Higher Power Aviation has received FAA approval to grant type ratings under its Part 142 training certificate and that the entire curriculum will be carried out on the full-motion simulator that was approved a couple of weeks ago. "Using a simulator for a customer's entire type rating means we no longer have to schedule training around aircraft availability or weather conditions," said CEO Vern Raburn. For those who would prefer to actually fly an airplane to get their type ratings, Sabena Airline Training Academy, of Mesa, Ariz., will start taking students in March. Sabena will offer three-week courses with two to four future Eclipse pilots taking the course at a time. In June, the company will get a second Eclipse and double the intake rate. Sabena is the first third-party training provider approved by the FAA to issue type ratings. Its regular business is ab initio-to-first officer training for European and Indian airlines. Sabena’s Eclipses will be doing double duty. They’ll also be used for jet familiarization in the airline curriculum.