CONCORD, MA, April 24, 2009 – Leading Eclipse 500 air-taxi operator Linear Air announced today that it has received Federal Aviation Administration approval to provide Eclipse 500 pilots with required recurrent training. All Eclipse 500 pilots must receive this training at either six or twelve month intervals, depending on pilot experience.
The FAA authorized Linear Air’s program under Part 61 of the Federal Aviation Regulations and FAA Advisory Circular AC 61-137, which specifically addresses the unique training requirements of the Eclipse 500 jet.
Linear Air’s Eclipse 500 recurrent training program includes computer-based systems training, classroom training and flight training. The program is based on Linear Air’s successful training program for its professional Eclipse 500 pilots.
Linear Air’s Eclipse 500 recurrent training program will be offered through Eclipse Services and Support LLC, an affiliate created by Linear Air to offer private owners of Eclipse 500 jets the substantial maintenance and pilot training expertise the company has developed operating the Eclipse 500 in commercial service.
“We received FAA approval of our training program in less than a month--itself no small achievement and a real testament to our team’s Eclipse 500 expertise” said Bill Herp, CEO of Linear Air. “With pilot training, our previously announced maintenance capability, and the opportunity for owners to offset their costs with charter revenue, Linear Air and Eclipse Services and Support offer a market-leading solution for the challenges faced by Eclipse 500 owners.”
About Linear Air
Based in Concord, Massachusetts, Linear Air provides point-to-point air taxi service with unprecedented service to more than 1,000 cities in the eastern U.S. and Canada. The Linear Air fleet includes three-passenger Eclipse 500 business jets and eight-passenger Cessna Grand Caravan turboprops. Linear Air is a FAA-certified part 135 charter operator and maintains a Gold safety rating from ARG/US, the leading independent safety auditor in the aviation industry. Linear Air affiliate Eclipse Services and Support LLC extends Linear Air’s expertise in maintenance and training to owner-operators of the Eclipse 500. For more information, please visit www.linearair.com or call 1-877-2- LINEAR.