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Think you can fly the Eclipse 500?

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

A fear that high accident rates early in the life of the very light jet movement will tarnish the new category of airplanes forever, aircraft manufacturers are working hard to make sure pilots emerge from their jet type rating courses well prepared.

In fact, as I learned a few weeks ago, just getting qualified to take a type rating course at Eclipse Aviation, maker of the Eclipse 500 VLJ, can be a challenge.

As I wrote in my Waypoints column in the June issue of AOPA Pilot the flight skills assessment and emergency situation training are thorough and challenging, right down to how to put on the oxygen mask.

Watch me flip an L-39 jet trainer on its back and then get hypoxic in the classroom in this video I made while taking the two-day course in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Ever suffered an aircraft upset or hypoxia? Tell us what happened…