ECLIPSE FAQ

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Avio IFMS

The intent of having the EFIS default to "on" is to assure that the windshield heat is always available if needed without pilot action. This is done as a safety measure. "On" is similar to the auto setting for the probe heat. The difference is the probes don’t come until the engines are started, the windshields come on with external power.

The current ACS logic turns the windshield heat on with external power on. When the requirements for this were written, the engineers had a Hobart 600 or similar unit capable of engine starts in mind when they were thinking about external power. This can be seen in the logic for operation of the VCS compressor. The compressor will only run with two generators online or with external power online, implying that external power is capable of carrying a 130 amp load.

The use of a of a 25 amp Start Pac Mini power supply was not contemplated at that point as these units were not readily available.

Eclipse engineering is currently evaluating a change to the ACS logic that would default the windshields to off, but incorporate an automatic windshield heat test after the second generator is online to detect any windshield heat faults on the ground.

Training

EAI includes the cost of one (1) type rating training slot with the purchase of the aircraft. The purchaser is responsible to pay for all additional costs including but not limited to pre-requisites, mentor costs, examiners fees (if any) and recurrent training requirements. In addition, the purchaser is responsible for their own travel expenses, and any in-aircraft costs including but not limited to mentor pilot expenses. Pilots that require additional training or re-training must do so at their own expense.

Both SimCom and EAI will work hard to provide training schedules that meet your expectations. However, advanced planning is strongly encouraged to maximize your enjoyment and learning experience. SimCom will typically schedule your ground school to start at the beginning of the week.

Type-Rating candidates must complete all pre-requisites prior to commencement of the Eclipse typerating ground school. Pilots are strongly encouraged to be instrument proficient before beginning Simulator or In-Aircraft training to maximize the experience and avoid additional training sessions.

No. Both SimCom and EAI Ground Schools are required to be held at the Training facilities. This allows candidates to be focused on learning to fly the Eclipse. In addition, candidates will be given access to training aids and materials that are only located at these sites, including Cockpit Procedures Trainers.

The Eclipse Aerospace Training Program was designed for a wide range of pilots with a wide range of skill and experience. Because the Eclipse was designed from the beginning to be a single-pilot jet that would mix with commercial aircraft, it was determined that a specialized course would be beneficial. In addition to the recommendations made by the FAA Flight Standardization Board, the training program was designed by some of the best flight training professionals and risk managers in aviation. However, the Eclipse Aerospace Training Program provides that pilots meeting certain qualifications may be exempted from certain requirements. Please contact your Eclipse Sales Representative for details.

Yes. The 25 hours in the aircraft with the Eclipse Mentor Pilot will count towards most insurers requirements. Furthermore, some insurers may consider the 25 hours of Eclipse FAA Approved Mentoring to more valuable than typical time building and may reduce your overall time requirements as a result. Contact your insurance agent for more information.

No. FAR 61.64 requires that any graduate of a simulator based school who received their first type rating in a simulator to fly 25 hours in an actual aircraft before removing the Supervised Operating Experience restriction for their Pilots Certificate. Furthermore, the Eclipse Aerospace Approved training program also requires that candidates fly a minimum of 25 hours in the aircraft with an Eclipse Aerospace Approved Mentor Pilot. Both of these requirements may be fulfilled simultaneously when completing the Eclipse Aerospace FAA Approved Training Program.

While Jet Aircraft are easier to fly than piston aircraft, the training requires that the candidate demonstrate that they can operate the aircraft to Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Standards. EAI believes that candidates that have already completed these requirements will have the baseline skills to successfully complete training.

The Eclipse Aerospace Training Program was designed for a wide range of pilots with a wide range of skill and experience. Because the Eclipse was designed from the beginning to be a single-pilot jet that would mix with commercial aircraft, it was determined by some of the best flight training and risk management professionals that a new approach to training would provide long term safety benefits for Eclipse owners and passengers.

No. Only Mentor Pilots that are currently approved and authorized by the Training Provider (SimCom or EAI) can conduct mentoring. Mentoring is not a "time building" exercise; it is an opportunity for you to gain knowledge and experience in operating your Eclipse Jet to its fullest potential. Mentors have been carefully selected for the right combination of flight experience, training experience, knowledge of the Eclipse Jet and the environment it flies in, and have a demonstrated record of outstanding airmanship.

No. Only Mentor pilots that have been approved and authorized by the training provider can be used as Mentors.

Yes. The training provider encourages you to plan actual trips as part of your mentor experience. This will allow you the opportunity to see what is involved in using your aircraft as an extension of your business and personal life. However, please keep in mind that you are responsible for travel, hotel and dining expenses, in addition to mentor pilot costs which are typically based on a daily rate. Therefore, it is to your advantage to plan accordingly.

No. While Jet Basics training teaches pilots basic knowledge about operating a jet aircraft in high altitude environments, it does not replace the RVSM training required under FAR Part 91 , Appendix G, Section 3(c)(2). Any Eclipse pilot candidate wanting to operate an Eclipse Jet above Flight Level 290 feet may choose one of the many online and correspondence courses available to fulfill this requirement.

First Eclipse 550 Delivered

Eclipse Aerospace, Inc. (EAI) is proud to announce the first customer delivery of an Eclipse 550 Twin-Engine Jet in Albuquerque, N.M. following Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification.

Auto Throttle, Anti-Skid Brakes Receive FAA Supplemental Type Certification

EAI is proud to announce receipt of Supplemental Type Certification for both the Auto Throttle and Anti-Skid Brake (ASB) systems for the Eclipse 550. The Auto Throttle is a first for FAR Part 23 aircraft. The lightweight ASB system is the only ASB in general aviation that does not require a complex aircraft hydraulic system, thereby reducing maintenance and allowing for simple operation with very few components.

Check out the QRA App

The Eclipse Quick Reference Application is an advanced interactive version of the Eclipse Quick Reference Handbook, allowing for flight planning, access to checklists, a full digital version of the Eclipse AFM, and much more.

First Eclipse 550 Delivered

Eclipse Aerospace, Inc. (EAI) is proud to announce the first customer delivery of an Eclipse 550 Twin-Engine Jet in Albuquerque, N.M. following Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification.

Auto Throttle, Anti-Skid Brakes Receive FAA Supplemental Type Certification

EAI is proud to announce receipt of Supplemental Type Certification for both the Auto Throttle and Anti-Skid Brake (ASB) systems for the Eclipse 550. The Auto Throttle is a first for FAR Part 23 aircraft. The lightweight ASB system is the only ASB in general aviation that does not require a complex aircraft hydraulic system, thereby reducing maintenance and allowing for simple operation with very few components.

Check out the QRA App

The Eclipse Quick Reference Application is an advanced interactive version of the Eclipse Quick Reference Handbook, allowing for flight planning, access to checklists, a full digital version of the Eclipse AFM, and much more.