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Initial Type Training

Eclipse Aerospace, Inc. (EAI) embraces a comprehensive training program for the Eclipse Jet that establishes pilot training requirements beyond the minimum requirements to pass the type rating practical test. Both the airplane and the training program are special. The Eclipse training program strives to nurture a professional attitude as it brings each customer to the knowledge and proficiency level necessary to exceed—not just meet—the standards required of a type rated Eclipse pilot.

The EAI training program emphasizes concepts such as Single-pilot Resource Management (SRM), risk management, aviation physiology, upset recovery as well as pilot-centered learning. These methods provide an opportunity for students to be as much in control of their training as their instructor. Each student will plan and execute training flights and help evaluate the results. Unlike many conventional flight training programs, EAI recognizes customer's experience, knowledge, and judgment and respects their ability to demonstrate initiative during the training process. EAI also recognizes that their customers have succeeded in other endeavors by exercising command and initiative, and expects that they will do the same in the Eclipse training program.

The following elements comprise the flight training curriculum:

Jet Basics

Jet Basics introduces the basics of operating a jet aircraft in the high altitude environment. For those with little or no turbojet experience, the Jet Basics course is very beneficial.

Flight Skills Assessment

Prior to the start of Eclipse Type Rating Training, each pilot will accomplish a Flight Skills Assessment (FSA). The Eclipse type training course is quite demanding, even for the seasoned professional pilot, and requires a high level of instrument flying proficiency. The FSA will determine a pilot's readiness to begin formal training.

Emergency Situation Training

Emergency Situation Training (EST) program consists of two elements: Hypoxia Training and Upset Recovery Training.

Hypoxia training is intended to familiarize the pilot with the potential hazards in the high altitude environment.

Upset Recovery Training (URT) consists of classroom academics and flights in an aerobatic capable aircraft. This training is not intended to produce an aerobatic pilot, but to introduce common upsets and teach recovery techniques in the event of an upset in during severe weather or wake turbulence. This is extremely valuable training for all and a truly rewarding experience.

Eclipse Jet Type Rating Training and Evaluation

Type training combines classroom academic training and flying an Eclipse level D simulator. The academic sessions cover Eclipse systems, flight planning techniques, risk management, and single pilot resource management (SRM). Also included is a thorough orientation to cockpit systems and abnormal procedures.

Flight training consists of a minimum of seven simulator sessions and any additional training needed in order to be prepared for the FAA practical exam.

Finally, the FAA practical exam is administered by an FAA safety inspector or designee. The practical test is the same as the Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) test and can be used to obtain an ATP rating as long as the eligibility requirements described in FAR 61.153 are met.

Eclipse Pilot Mentoring Program

Upon completion of the FAA practical test, the training experience is continued via the Mentor Program. This program is intended to provide the newly type rated Eclipse pilot the ability to operate in the National Airspace System (NAS) with an increased level of safety. The Mentor will provide valuable lessons to boost pilot's readiness to operate in the 'real world.' The focus of this phase of training will not be on the simple accomplishment of rote tasks, but on situation awareness, thought process, and decision making while acting as a solo pilot. The EAI representative will be a Mentor in the truest sense—a trusted counselor and teacher.

Mentoring is not a 'second check ride,' nor a pass / fail situation. It is intended to be an enjoyable and rewarding maturation experience. EAI hopes that each customer will look upon this phase not as a one-time event, but an ongoing process for the rest of his/her flying career.