SimCom is the authorized center for North, Central and South America. In addition to granting Level D certification, FAA approved SimCom to provide initial, recurrent, differences and mentor training. The companies expect the simulator training to begin in October.
The simulator training is the latest step in build up Eclipse Aerospace’s support of the fleet of 260 Eclipse 500 very light jet aircraft. The company a year ago purchased the assets of the bankrupt Eclipse Aviation with plans initially to provide the necessary support to keep the Eclipse 500 flying, and then eventually to move into production.
Over the past year, Eclipse Aerospace first turned its attention to completing some of the work left undone by the defunct predecessor company, including the upgrade of the Avio NG avionics and obtaining flight into known icing.
The EA500 is the world’s first “Very Light Jet” or so called “pocket jet”. With a cruising speed of 425 miles per hour and a capable distance of over 1,100 non-stop nautical miles the EA500 is perfect for regional business travel or the weekend vacationer. The Eclipse twin-engine jet is able to fly at a 41,000 foot ceiling and burn as little as 48 gallons of fuel per hour.