The FAA has issued their Flight Standardization Board Report for the Eclipse. A copy of the report is on the web:
Here are some of the noteworthy aspects:
1. Not Part 135 Certified.
2. No single pilot ops with auto pilot inop, mic inop or remote ID inop.
3. Plane has no functioning DME, therefore no RVSM. This limitation was first reported on this blog and disputed by some.
4. No credit for any other jet time as it applies to the training.
5. Feds have mandated 12 month recurrent training, this is normally a function of the underwriter.
6. SRM and Flight Skills Assessment has to be done by United and MAY be conducted by EAC in the future. What happens with the United fall out??
7. United Airlines "Shrinks" have to evaluate all the applicants after completion of a pysco ( Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Test) test!! Again, now that United has gone, what now??
8. The SRM test MUST include a Boeing Simulator test, again, what now with United gone?
9. Training in the L-39 is no longer optional!!
10. All enrollees must have a twin rating.
11. ALL Pilots will be subject to the mentoring program, this is MANDATORY!
12. The FSB went out to EAC in September but"due to aircraft problems" they adjourned until Oct. This with the high utilization jet that will run with the Boeings?? The problems caused the FSB to adjourn for 2 months!!
13. The FSB was only completed on Jan 26th.
14. Cockpit and systems training was completed in an aircraft because there is no CPT!! This after years of waiting.
15. This is part of the AFM " EAC has included a limitation in Section 2 of the EA-500 AFM and on the type certificate data sheet which states, "All pilots operating the Eclipse EA-500 must be trained and qualified in accordance with the FAA Accepted/Approved Eclipse Aviation training program or equivalent FAA Approved training program". Meaning that training is required to fly the plane, not a bad idea, but never seen before in an AFM.
16. The FAA have recommended a minimum of 16 hours in aircraft training. This conclusion was based on the training of the FSB instructors, all of whom were experienced jet pilots with ATP's.
17. The FSB noted that altitude loss if the stick pusher activates can be significant.
18. In a descent they noted that airspeed cannot be maintained unless partial power is applied.
19. If a no flap landing is attempted during the training the FAA inspector or instructor "must be attentive to airspeed and the remaining runway" sounds like it might be a bit of a ground runner?
20. They do not recommend the pulling of any of the ECB's (circuit breakers) because of the integration of the electronics, this might result in the unwanted loss of other systems.
21. There can be no operation of the emergency gear activation, because this necessitates a maintenance event. Probably a nitrogen.
22. The FSB did an evaluation of SN-002, N126DJ and it was found that there are operational restrictions under 14CFR Part 91. It appears that these restrictions are a rate of turn indicator that needs to be added to the panel, the DME.
23. No TCAS in the plane yet!
24. No TAWS in the plane yet!
25. No FIKI.
26. Autopilot has limited functionality.
27. No Standby Attitude Instrument! They have spent $700m and think they are ready for prime time!
28. No functioning radar!
For those of you into comparisons, the Mustang FSBR is also on the web: