Just How Will They Train All Those Eclipse Pilots, Anyway?
Despite all the growing pains associated with getting the Eclipse program up to speed, one thing continues unabated... Eclipse Pilot training. A visit to the factory flight training facility a few weeks back showed ANN that this was one part of the program that seems ready and able to keep up with the demand, and that Director of Customer Training, Randy Brooks, seems more than optimistic about their efforts.
What you see on these 360+ pages is the result of a half-century of
research, note-taking, and data-gathering that began one evening in
Frank Tallman's retreat at Orange Country Airport and rapidly got
out of hand.
"We agreed from the start that job security was the top
issue and we needed to work to find common ground. We were unable
to do that, and the mediator saw that and ended the meeting...
Boeing made it clear that they wanted vendors, subcontractors and
suppliers to perform the work our members do and that our members
weren't in their future plans.
Source: Mark Blondin, chief negotiator for the
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
during contract talks with Boeing. A second round of mediated talks
between the two sides adjourned Monday without an agreement to end
a five-week-old machinists strike that has crippled the
planemaker's ability to deliver aircraft.