VLJ Leader To Provide Full Motion Simulator Training For
Eclipse Aviation, manufacturer of
the world’s first very light jet (VLJ), has announced the
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has certified its first
flight simulator, manufactured by OPINICUS, as a Level D Full
Motion Device. Obtaining this level of certification on the first
attempt is unprecedented for a new manufacturer of a new aircraft.
Level D is the highest qualification the FAA grants for simulators,
and this certification will allow Eclipse Aviation to type certify
student pilots without having to train in an aircraft.
Immediately after achieving Level D certification, Eclipse
initiated the certification process for its Part 142 syllabus and
integration of the simulators and learning environment. This second
part of the certification is scheduled to conclude in late January
with an official Part 142 certificate from the FAA.
The certification was the result of a successful partnership
between Eclipse Aviation, OPINICUS of Lutz, FL, Higher Power
Aviation (HPA) of Dallas, TX, and Flight Simulation Company (FSC)
of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
“It is quite a feat for a new manufacturer to be granted
this level of flight simulator certification on the first try, and
particularly so with an aircraft as innovative as the Eclipse
500,” said Vern Raburn, president and CEO of Eclipse
“These simulators will play a major role in our
progressive training program, and this milestone reflects our
commitment to bring only the highest-quality training devices and
instruction to our customers.”
Eclipse’s training capacity is accelerating with each new
certified device. The company expects to have three Full Motion
Level D simulators in customer operation by April 2008, with the
second device slated to receive certification in February, and the
third in March 2008. Eclipse continues to use a Flight Training
Device (FTD) for cockpit procedures training, flight skills
assessment, and to augment training and improve proficiency.
Eclipse expects to have all four full motion simulators in
operation by late 2008.
Following official Part 142 approval, Eclipse will begin its
first simulator training class for customers in late January, 2008
with subsequent classes beginning in February 2008.