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Seneca College, Ontario Canada has ordered a Baron King Air 200 FTD from Frasca. The college currently uses several Frasca devices in their program including CRJ, Baron, Bonanza and C172 FTDs.The new FTD will be delivered in early 2014. (April 15, 2013)
Frasca is actively manufacturing and delivering helicopter Full Flight Simulators (FFSs) and Flight Training Devices (FTDs) to customers worldwide. Frasca has seen a continual increase in helicopter business over the last decade and continues to receive orders for flight training equipment for both civil and military training applications.
Recent orders include a Bell 206 TruFliteH™ and a second TruFliteH™ FTD configured as an S300 for the Bristow Academy located in TItusville, FL. The Bristow FTDs will include TruVision™ Global 180-degree visual system with a custom database for KTIX (the Spacecoast Regional Airport) and the surrounding BRISTOW Academy training area.
A Sikorsky S76 Level B Full Flight Simulator (FFS) is on it’s way to Bristow Helicopters in Scotland to join two other Frasca FFSs (for the S92 and EC225) already in service. Also, nearing delivery is an AW139 Level 6 FTD for the Trinidad and Tobago Air Guard and a Bell 206 FTD for the Japanese Coast Guard.
The German Federal Police (NAMSA) have two devices in production (an EC155 FTD2 FNPT III MCC and an AS332 L1 FTD2 FNPT III MCC) and are upgrading their existing Frasca EC135 simulator. The EC135 upgrade will include relocation, recertification and common network development.
Frasca is also nearing completion on a Bell 429 Level 7 Flight Training Device for use by Bell India. Frasca is working with Bell on two other projects which will be announced soon. The Bell Customer Training Academy is a longtime customer of Frasca’s with several other helicopter devices in use at the facility. (February 28, 2013)
Korea Aerospace University, KAU, Jeju has ordered a Frasca DA42 TruFlite™ Flight Training Device (FTD) with Garmin G1000. KAU is devoted to educating students who wish to become experts in the aviation industry and contribute to the development of aviation technology. (Dec. 31, 2012)
Cape Air, a regional airline based in Hyannis, Massachusetts, has contracted with Frasca International, Inc. for a Cessna 402 Level 6 Flight Training Device (FTD). The FTD will feature an actual Cessna 402 cockpit shell, Frasca’s TruVision™ with 220° x 60° visual display system and many other features. (Nov. 7, 2012)
Nanshan International Flight Academy has ordered a CAAC Level D Cessna CJ1+ Full Flight Simulator (FFS) from Frasca International, Inc. The Simulator will be installed at Nanshan’s flight academy located in Longkou, China.
The Frasca FFS will fully simulate the Cessna CJ1+ business jet and will include Frasca’s advanced FFS packaging, Frasca’s Graphical Instructor Station (GISt), the Collins Proline 21 Avionics Suite, a 60 inch stroke Moog Electric Motion System, and RSI Visual Systems’ XT Series Image Generator with RSI CrossView 200 X 40 Field Of View Display System. The FFS will also include Frasca’s reinforced motion platform base and other advanced engineering and manufacturing designs and processes.
This is a significant order for Frasca and expands their strong footprint within the Chinese commercial aviation flight training community. During its 50+ years of service to the international flight training industry, Frasca has designed, manufactured, delivered, and supported various Full Flight Simulators worldwide. With more than 2,500 simulators installed in over 70 countries, Frasca is well known as a major supplier to flight training organizations.
“Frasca is extremely honored to have been selected for this follow on order to provide a CAAC Level D FFS to Nanshan Flight Academy,” stated John Frasca, President of Frasca International. “We’ve been building simulators for over 50 years and are thrilled to be working with the prestigious Nanshan organization on this simulator project and look forward to future cooperation with Nanshan on additional projects. We have the expertise, experience and reputation to provide a quality Level D FFS that thoroughly meets their requirements.”
Mr. Luan Yebo, director of Nanshan International Flight Academy, noted, “Nanshan is rapidly expanding its aviation businesses. This is the seventh simulator we have purchased from Frasca. Nanshan is well positioned to provide excellent flight training to our expanding customer base. Nanshan and Frasca have outstanding worldwide reputation for high quality aviation services and products. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Frasca and to ensuring the highest quality flight training services for the Chinese aviation community as well as to the international market.”
About Nanshan International Flight Academy
Nanshan International Flight Academy is one of China leading providers of aviation training. It operates 20 training aircrafts, 7 simulators and 2 training centers. (October 15, 2012)
Sault College, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada has placed an order for a Frasca 242L Level 5 Flight Training Device (FTD) configured as a Zlin aircraft. Sault College has in use an earlier model Frasca FTD also configured as a Zlin. The new FTD will include Frasca’s TruVision™ visual system and Garmin GTN 650. (Sept. 28, 2012)
As a result of an independent audit by BSI, a nationally accredited certification body, Frasca has achieved certification to the ISO 9001:2008 standard. This certification attests to the fact that Frasca has fully deployed a Quality Management System (QMS) that operates in accordance with the standards embodied in ISO's internationally recognized criteria. (Sept. 21, 2012)
John Frasca, President of Frasca, said, "We are delighted to achieve ISO 9001:2008 certification which attests to our commitment to continuous quality improvement. Frasca’s culture is driven by and is in complete alignment with the principles inherent in ISO's standards. In working towards this certification, we have addressed every aspect of Frasca’s operations and have thoroughly involved every employee in the deployment of our Quality Management System."
“Frasca has a long standing reputation for producing quality products. ISO certification globally validates what our customers and employees have known for years; Frasca’s focus is on customer satisfaction and producing the highest quality product in our industry. One of the reasons that we have this reputation is that we have been “continually improving” our company and product for decades, even before the inception of the ISO standards,” added Mr. Frasca.
ISO 9001:2008 certification is awarded to organizations that meet rigorous requirements for the full deployment of a Quality Management System and for using a systematic approach to managing and improving their processes and procedures. The certification process culminates in an intensive five-day, company-wide audit where the QMS is thoroughly evaluated against ISO standards and where non-conformance to those standards is noted for correction. ISO stands for International Organization for Standardization. (Sept. 21, 2012)
Southern Illinois University (SIU), Carbondale, has placed an order for three Flight Training Devices (FTDs) from Frasca International, Inc. The order includes two Cessna 172R FTDs and a CRJ-200 Level 5 FTD. SIU is also upgrading their existing Frasca 172R FTD to have the same features as the two new 172R devices, including G1000, three channel projected cylindrical visual display and low-profile instructor cab.
The CRJ FTD will feature a three channel 220°x58° spherical visual display system. All four FTDs will be networked so that they can be seen as traffic in each FTDs visual display. The FTDs will all have TVG and a custom visual database for KMDH.
With the implementation of these devices, SIU strengthens their status as one of the top flight training universities in the nation. The 172 FTDs will enable efficient training for their new fleet of Cessna G1000 C172 aircraft and the expanded visual displays and custom database will allow more VFR training to be accomplished. SIU’s investment in quality training equipment will allow better, more efficient training to be introduced in the device and expedite students transition to proficiency in the aircraft. With the Level 5 CRJ, SIU will be on the leading edge of upcoming advanced training requirements putting SIU graduates in a great position to reach a successful career in the airline industry. (Sept. 11, 2012)
Frasca has expanded their market share within China with eight flight simulator contracts this year. Five of the simulators are for Cessna C172 G1000 and three (3) are for Piper PA44 Seminole. All eight simulators are designed to CAAC Level 5 standards. Binzhou Flight Academy has taken delivery of a Frasca Cessna 172 CAAC Level 5 Flight Training Device (FTD). Hubei Sky Blue International Aviation Academy has taken delivery of a Frasca Seminole PA44 Level 5 FTD. Nanshan Flight Academy has ordered six level 5 FTDs (four Cessna 172 and two Piper Seminole PA44 FTDs). (August 22, 2012)
Frasca flight simulators have recently been installed at the following schools: Hubei Blue Sky Inernational Aviation Academy, China - PIper Seminole, PA44 FTD, East African Civil Aviation Academy - Cessna 172 FTD, Binzhou Flight Academy, China - 172R Level 5 FTD, Bergen Community College - TruFliteH™ and the Phillipine Air Force - Cessna T41 TruFlite™ FTD. (August 1, 2012)
Frasca International's founder Rudy Frasca's new book "From Cubs to Spitfires" has made it's debut at EAA Airventure. The book chronicles over 65 years of Rudy's flying adventures and life experiences and can be purchased by calling Frasca International at (217)344-9200. (July 25, 2012)
Hubei Sky-Blue International Aviation Academy Co. Ltd, Wuhan, China has received CAAC Level 5 approval on their Frasca Seminole Flight Training Device. The school provides both CPL and PPL training. (July 2, 2012)
Frasca congratulates all SAFECON winners and participants in the May 14-18 Annual Collegiate Air Meet. Complete meet results. (May 30, 2012)
Frasca will deliver a Cessna 172 TDI Level 5 FTD to the Angolan Air Force in Lubago, Angola. This will be the first Frasca simulator delivered to the country of Angola. (May 25, 2012)
The Liberty University School of Aeronautics, Lynchburg, VA, has ordered a Piper Arrow TruFlite™ AATD from Frasca. Liberty’s aviation program has grown significantly. (May 16, 2012)
The Philippine Air Force, Villamor Air Base, Pasay City, Philippines will soon be using a Frasca built Cessna 172R TruFlite™ Flight Training Device (FTD) built to meet JAR FSTD A FNPT II standards. (May 7, 2012)
Seneca College, Toronto, Canada, has placed an order for a reconfigurable KingAir B200/B58 Baron Transport Canada Level 2 Flight Training Device (FTD). This FTD will feature Frasca’s 220° TruVision™ visual display system with three LCoS projectors. Seneca College is one of Frasca’s many loyal customers, having purchased their first Frasca over 30 years ago and currently using 8 Frasca devices. (May 2, 2012)
The National Association of Flight Instructors has announced the selection of Rudy Frasca for induction into the NAFI Flight Instructor Hall of Fame.
Frasca has spent a career working to improve flight training and building a successful business, Frasca International, Inc., that has simulators around the world in flight training operations. Frasca's mission has always been to provide the best flight training equipment available to the many categories of flight training organizations worldwide.
"I have known Rudy for many years, and Iam pleased to see NAFI recognizing his contribution to the flight instruction community;' said Sporty's founder Hal Shevers. "We look forward to hosting this presentation at the Sporty's Fly-In this year to someone who Ihave worked with and known as a friend for many years;' he continued.
The 2012 inductee to the NAFI Flight Instructor Hall of Fame will be presented at the Sporty's Fly-In on May 19, 2012 in Batavia, OH (KI69). Members of NAFI and the flight training community are encouraged to attend the Sporty's Fly-In and be present for the induction and recognition.
The NAFI Flight Instructor Hall of Fame was created in 1997 to raise the stature and recognition of flight instructors and to promote greater appreciation of the role flight instructors have in training pilots at all levels. Acommittee of seasoned and notable flight instructors from across the United States reviewed nominations submitted from around the world. The Hall of Fame considers nominations each year.
For more information about the NAFI Flight Instructor Hall of Fame or to learn about past inductees, visit
www.nafinet.orglprogramslhof.aspx. (April 11, 2012)
Pilot Flyskole, Sandefjord, Norway has placed an order for a Cessa 172 Synthetic Training Device built to meet JAR FSTD A FNPT II standards (March 2, 2012).
Frasca International has contracted with the NATO Maintenance & Supply Agency (NAMSA) to deliver two new Helicopter Flight Training Devices (FTDs) to the German Federal Police (BPOL) for the Eurocopter EC155 and AS332 helicopters and to upgrade BPOL’s existing Frasca-built Eurocopter EC135 FTD to have common technical standards with the new FTDs.
All three devices will get a qualification according to the new EASA rules by the LBA after being installed by Frasca at BPOL’s new Simulator Centre in Sankt Augustin, Germany which is scheduled to open in July of 2013. BPOL received dual certification for their existing EC-135 helicopter device as a JAR-FSTD H FTD 2 and FNPT III MCC in July of 2009. The first new device will be delivered in 2013.
Features of the two new FTDs will include; NVG cockpit, visual display and Instructor Operator Station (IOS), control loading, realistic vibration cues, daylight illumination, 200° x 68° visual display with auto alignment, geo-specific visual database for all of Germany including airports, hospitals, and maritime features, civil SAR & police mission training, cockpit video (full frontal view), 3rd IOS monitor for video, chase plane view, instrument repeaters, etc., separate debriefing stations, and more. The upgraded EC135 FTD will include all of the features of the new FTDs except NVG compatibility. (February 8, 2012)