OKLAHOMA CITY, 18 Aug. 2015. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Academy at Mike Monroney Aeronatical Center in Oklahoma City has upgraded three Frasca flight training devices (FTDs) that accommodate networking, ADS-B symbology, and tablet computers, including iPads.
The three FTDs replaced include a Cessna Mustan, originally installed in 2009, and two Baron G58 Barons, originally installed in 2009.
The recent upgrades include:
· Frasca’s newest laser-hybrid projectors that are higher resolution and brighter
· Traffic Advisory Systems with ADS-B symbology
· Networking of all 3 FTDs together so pilots can see simulated aircraft on visual systems and receive voice transmissions from pilots in other FTDs
· Enabled tablets and iPads to remotely control FTD’s Instructor Stations
This technology upgrade of the FAA’s Frasca devices is overdue; it is the first since the first FTDs were installed in 1999. The B58 Baron FTDs were previously upgraded from analog gauges to G1000 and from single channel to multi-channel visual systems.
Several other Frasca customers have upgraded their devices to stay up with the latest technology and aircraft upgrades. These include: Metro State, which recently upgraded the Mustang FTD, and Epic Aviation, which upgraded 172 FTDs to Level 5 devices, in addition to adding new FTDs. Frasca has recently delivered and installed several Level 5 Flight Training devices, illustrating their commitment to providing the highest level of device and technology needed for the most realistic training experience, officials say.
Frasca International in Urbana, Illinois, manufactures flight training equipment for airlines, flight schools, universities, and military organizations worldwide. Product range includes Full Flight Simulators (FFSs), Flight Training Devices (FTDs), FNPT I, II, and IIMCC devices, CPTs, and more for all aircraft types, fixed-wing and rotary.