September 2, 2010
By Thomas A. Horne
The FAA has awarded Level D certification to SimCom’s Eclipse simulators. This comes at a time when SimCom also earned FAA approval for its Eclipse pilot initial, recurrent, differences, and mentor training programs. Eclipse 500 pilots will be able to schedule their SimCom training as early as October 2010, SimCom said.
Level D certification is valuable because it requires that simulators have six-degree freedom of motion, which helps faithfully recreate the physical and visual sensations of flying. It’s the highest level of simulation, and includes realistic sounds and a 150-degree horizontal field of view. Other subtle sensations—such as taxiing over pavement joints on a taxiway—are also included in Level D capabilities, as are more faithful aerodynamic behaviors in ground effect.
“The professionalism that SimCom extends to each of its clients made them an easy choice for this partnership,” said Mason Holland, president and CEO of Eclipse Aerospace. “They have consistently tracked ahead of schedule for each milestone in our relationship. As we move forward, they will be a great asset to Eclipse and our customers.”
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne has worked at AOPA since the early 1980s. He began flying in 1975 and has an airline transport pilot and flight instructor certificates. He’s flown everything from ultralights to Gulfstreams and ferried numerous piston airplanes across the Atlantic.
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