Eclipse Names Training Partners

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On Friday, Eclipse Aviation announced its new team of partners -- Flight Simulation Company of The Netherlands and Higher Power Aviation of Dallas -- who will train Eclipse 500 pilots. These organizations join Eclipse's previously established simulator vendor OPINICUS of Lutz, Florida. United Airlines and Eclipse last month severed ties under which United would have trained Eclipse 500 pilots. Under the new arrangement, FSC will provide Eclipse's FAA-approved course content and oversee the very light jet manufacturer's overall pilot-training program. Under its Part 142 certificate, HPA's flight instructors and training personnel will conduct FAA-approved flight training and administer the Eclipse 500 type rating curriculum in the U.S. "We take our responsibility to train our customer pilots very seriously," said Eclipse Aviation President and CEO Vern Raburn. "We have assembled an outstanding team of experienced instructors and administrators to deliver our FAA-approved, scenario-based training curriculum to our customers." The Eclipse 500 training program is comprised of a multi-phase curriculum, including an initial flight skills assessment and supplemental training if required, self-paced computer-based study, emergency situation training, a type-rating transition course, post-certification mentoring and recurrent training.