March 18, 2010
By Alton K. Marsh
Eclipse Aerospace has selected SimCom to provide pilot training for Eclipse EA–500 owners and operators. Eclipse will relocate two EA-500 Level D simulators to SimCom’s training center in Orlando, Fla.
The type-specific, high-fidelity training devices will be used for initial and recurrent pilot training. Simulator training is scheduled to be available in the third quarter of 2010. To conduct the training, SimCom will develop a courseware including animated systems presentations, foldout color panel posters, technical systems manuals, and cockpit procedures trainers.
Both simulators currently replicate the EA-500 and include the Avio integrated avionics system. Aerodynamic and engine flight test data, combined with control loading, provide realistic flight control behavior. A wide radius visual system incorporates new day/night and all-weather imagery, which is a highlight of FAA Level D simulators.
Planned upgrades include the Avio NG 1.5 suite along with autopilot enhancement, GPS WAAS capability and flight into known icing (FIKI) modifications.
Eclipse will continue to provide factory authorized initial, recurrent, and differences in-flight training until the simulators are installed and operational in Orlando. After that, SimCom will be the exclusive source and provider of factory authorized training for Eclipse in North, Central, and South America.
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