Frasca's CJ1+ FFS, installed at Nanshan International Flight Academy, Longkou, Chinal has just received CAAC Level D approval. This is the first Level D FFS Frasca has delivered to China. (August 27, 2014)
Frasca's visual system engineers have been working hard to make TruVision Global™ even more impressive! New additions include; animated shorelines, moving vegetation, light points and luminance maps to further enhance training realism. (Aug. 4, 2014)
Frasca has partnered with Alpha Eta Rho and Sporty's Academy to provide simulator flights and free logbooks to first time "pilots" at this years AirVenture (July 28 - August 3, Oskosh, WI). The Frasca 172 FTD will be located in a trailer in College Park. Frasca will also have a booth in hangar C. (July 21, 2014)
Several collegiate flight programs have contracted with simulator manufacturer Frasca International, to upgrade their existing Frasca simulators to be approved as FAA Level 5 Flight Training Devices (FTDs). These include; the University of North Dakota, Liberty University, Western Michigan University, and Southern Illinois University.
The FAA’s recent Policy Change* regarding the use of simulation devices for training will reduce training credits on these devices by over 90% effective January 1, 2015. By proactively upgrading their devices to be approved as Level 5 FTDs, these schools will not need to significantly modify their curriculum and can continue to use the FTDs as originally intended in their programs.
John Frasca, President of Frasca International, notes “This change by the FAA seems to acknowledge that there is a difference between the capabilities of the various levels of training devices. We are pleased to be able to upgrade these existing devices so that they meet the requirements of Level 5 FTD’s allowing their owners to maximize training credits and protecting their investments“.
Don Dubuque, Director at the University of North Dakota Aerospace program states, “We have been using Frasca FTD’s for over 40 years. They have always helped us keep on the leading edge of flight training. Upgrading to Level 5 FTD is the latest step in our fleet improvement plan. The relationship with Frasca has been like a partnership working together to provide the best products for our students.”
“Liberty University is pleased to partner with an outstanding organization such as Frasca. Upgrading our Frasca FTDs to Level 5 will enable us to continue providing the best flight training possible in preparing our graduates for careers in aviation.” said Dave Young, Dean of the Liberty University School of Aeronautics.
"We've partnered with Frasca for years, precisely because we value their attention to accuracy and making sure our FTDs are equipped to provide our students with an optimal experience," says Capt. Dave Powell, Dean of the Western Michigan University College of Aviation. "This is just the next step along that path. Our goal is ensure every training experience--in the air or in an FTD--helps move our students one step closer to their goals."
“Southern Illinois University Carbondale is very happy that there is an option available through Frasca International to modify some of its FTDs prior to the FAA’s January 1, 2015 deadline. These modifications will go a long way to helping SIUC continue to provide a high quality of training to the students enrolled in its nationally-known Aviation Flight degree program.” added Dave NewMyer, Chair of Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Aviation Program.
As detailed in FAR Part 60, Level 5 requires specific objective tests be performed on the FTD to ensure that it accurately represents and flies like an aircraft, thus contributing to a positive learning experience while minimizing the potential for negative learning. Level 5 also requires a Simulation Quality Management System, SQMS, that consists of formal maintenance procedures and oversight of the FTD to ensure that it consistently operates at optimal performance, again contributing to a positive learning experience while minimizing the potential for negative learning.
Frasca has obtained FAA approval on over 50 devices at Level 5 or higher through the FAA’s National Simulator Program who oversees the Level 5 FTD process. For more details on this issue or questions about Frasca’s capabilities with FAA Approved FTDs, contact Frasca at 217-344-9200 or email email@example.com.
* For more information on the FAA’s Policy Change, see their online posting at www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/01/02/2013-31094/notice-of-policy-change-for-the-use-of-faa-approved-training-devices (July 9, 2014)
Frasca has been awarded a contract to supply a Robinson R44/S300 convertible TruFlite™ CAAC Level 5 Flight Training Device (FTD) to Sichuan Xilin Fengteng General Aviation Co. Ltd, located in Guanhan, Sichuan Province, China. The company is the biggest helicopter corporation in the Southwest of China. There are 12 helicopters and 35 pilots including EC120, EC135, R44 and S300. It offers helicopter medical, business and training for PPL and CPL. The FTD will be used primarily for training in emergency situations. (July 2, 2014)
Western Michigan University (WMU) and the University of North Dakota (UND), both longtime Frasca customers have recently added to their fleet of Frasca simulators. WMU will be getting a Cirrus SR20 Level 5 FTD and UND will be adding a Level 5 Seminole FTD. (June 19, 2014)
Frasca is the first simulator manufacturer to integrate Garmin’s GTN 650 into flight simulators.
Garmin’s GTN 650/750 series is the long-awaited replacement for the incredibly popular GNS 430/530 series. It features the latest WAAS GPS features, electronic charts, integrated NAV/COM radio, traffic displays, and full Class B TAWS terrain alerting – all controlled by an intuitive touch screen interface.
Fleet owners who retrofit their existing aircraft fleet with newer avionics may now match their simulators to their aircraft, thus enabling flight students to transfer more learning from the simulator to the aircraft. The first customer to request GTN 650’s into their simulators is Sault College with their Frasca-built Zlin 242L Level 5 FTD.
Frasca was also the first company to integrate the (now ubiquitous) Garmin GNS 430 into flight simulators. In fact, it was Frasca’s engineers who wrote the original Interface Control Document (ICD) for GNS 430 GPS’s to be installed into simulators – all other simulator manufacturers have used the updated version of this same ICD. Over the years Frasca has built over 100 simulators with GNS-430 (and 430W) GPS’s.
In addition, Frasca has successfully installed Garmin’s G1000 integrated avionics suite into nearly 200 simulators and has also integrated Garmin’s G500 dual-screen electronic flight display into their simulators as well.
Frasca’s relationship with Garmin extends well beyond the traditional manufacturer/vendor roles as Frasca and Garmin worked together on a joint project to install a G1000-equipped Frasca flight simulator at The Garmin Store on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, IL. Interested pilots may sign up for personalized instruction on the Frasca simulator to learn more about the G1000 capabilities.
Frasca looks forward to the continued integration of Garmin’s advanced avionics suites into flight simulators as the G3000 and G5000 series flight decks become more prevalent in business aircraft. (April 10, 2014)
The Finnish Aviation Academy (FAA), Pori, will soon be adding two DA42 NG FSTDs to their fleet of Frasca simulators which includes; two Bonanza A36 FTDs, two Phenom FTDs, a KingAir FTD and an EC135 Helicopter FTD. (March 3, 2014)
CAE Oxford Aviation Academy Phoenix, AZ, has taken delivery of two Piper Archer FTDs and a Piper Seminole FTD built by Frasca. These are the first devices featuring Piper’s newest Avionics configuration which include G1000 and Aspen standby instruments. In addition, Frasca has upgraded a Diamond DA40 and is building a FAA Level 5 CJ1+ to be used in their MPL Program. (January 10, 2014)
Frasca is the first simulator manufacturer to integrate the newest Garmin and Aspen avionics into flight training devices. Fleet owners who have updated their aircraft with Garmin GTN-650, G500, G1000 or Aspen Evolution 1000 can now use simulators that more closely match their aircraft. This will increase transfer of training from the simulator to the aircraft. (Dec. 18, 2013)
Frasca will supply a dual qualified Bell 407 FAA Level B Full Flight Simulator/Level 7 Flight Training Device to Bell Helicopter for use at their Customer Training Academy in Fort Worth, Texas. The Frasca built dual qualified 407 will have capabilities to convert between the standard Bell Model 407 and the 407 GX, equipped with the Garmin G1000 avionics system. The simulator will be used for initial aircraft qualification, recurrent training and instrument training, both initial and recurrent, at the academy.
The FAA Level B/Level 7 dual qualification is unique to helicopter simulators, and offers an opportunity for a comprehensive training program supported by cost-effective simulation. The combination of two levels of qualification supports high and low speed maneuvering, as well as hovering, and takeoff and landing. The data required to validate the qualification levels is comparable to that found on higher level simulators. Although this device will be the first simulator certified to this level by Frasca in the United States, the company has provided similar simulators in Europe.
In addition to many standard features, this particular device will include an NVG (Night Vision Goggle) mode to enable simulation of the NVG environment using the actual NVG appliance. This capability will be used to support Bell’s continuing effort to provide state of the art night vision training for their customers.
Frasca has provided Bell with several Flight Training Devices currently in use at the Customer Training Academy. These include Level 6 FTDs for the 429 and 407, a Bell 206B/L FTD, and cockpit procedure trainers for the 407 and 427. (Sept. 17, 2013)
Free demo flights on a Frasca Mentor™ will be available at AirVenture (July 29 - Aug 4, Oshkosh, WI. The Mentor™ will be located in a trailer in the Education & Interaction Zone, booth #36, manned by Alpha Eta Rho instructors. (July 19, 2013)
The Aviation and Aerospace Science Department, at the Metro State University (MSU), Denver, has ordered a Mustang FTD from Frasca. The FTD will be used to train pilots to fly the Cessna Mustang business jet. The Aviation and Aerospace Science Department currently uses 16 Frasca devices at the Robert K. Mock World Indoor Airport (WIA) in Denver. In addition to the new Mustang FTD, MSU will be adding 3 Frasca Model 142 FTDs to their twin engine simulation line. This will bring the total number of Frasca FTDs at MSU to 20. (July 10, 2013)
Frasca International, Urbana, IL is proud to announce that Bristow Helicopters, Aberdeen, Scotland has received dual qualification for their Frasca S76 Full Flight Simulator (FFS). The S76 FFS is the third certified helicopter device under JAA with both Level B FFS and Level III FTD approval. The two others are Bristow’s S92 FFS and EC225 FFS, also built by Frasca, qualified in 2011.
The S76, EC225 and S92 FFSs are being used at the Bristow Academy in Aberdeen to support training requirement for Bristow’s global fleet of helicopters. All three units feature 6 axis electric motion base, TruVision™ Global visual system with custom databases and wrap around display system.
With these devices, Frasca demonstrates the ability as an industry leader in simulation, to provide cost effective, value added solutions to meet training needs in a demanding environment. This project involved thousands of man hours of intensive research, gathering of aerodynamic system data, programming and manufacturing a high-fidelity replica of the cockpit.
"This is the third dual qualified Full Flight Simulator that Frasca has built for Bristow. It clearly demonstrates the viability of the FFS B, FTD 3 concept in economic, technological and most significantly training capabilities. These Dual qualified simulator FTD’s have proven their value as an efficient and effective tool for initial and recurrent training of helicopter pilots. In addition Frasca has demonstrated the ability to build and certify cost effective Full Flight Simulator using alternative data sources and methods. Our inventory of off the shelf designs for helicopter devices is growing giving operators clear options for their full flight simulator and flight training device needs," stated John Frasca, President, Frasca International, Inc. (May 30, 2013)
Southern Illinois University (SIU), Carbondale, has taken delivery of three new Flight Training Devices (FTDs) from Frasca International, Inc.
The new FTDs include two Cessna 172R FTDs and a CRJ-200 Level 5 FTD. SIU also had their their existing Frasca 172R FTD upgraded 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 features a three channel 220°x58° spherical visual display system. All four FTDs are networked so that they are seen as traffic in each FTDs visual display. The FTDs all have TruVision Global™ 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 enable efficient training for their new fleet of Cessna G1000 C172 aircraft and the expanded visual displays and custom database allow more VFR training to be accomplished.
SIU’s investment in quality training equipment allows better, more efficient training to be introduced in the device and expedite students transition to proficiency in the aircraft. With the addition of the Level 5 CRJ, SIU is on the leading edge of advanced training requirements putting SIU graduates in a great position to reach a successful career in the airline industry. SIU has a total of eight Frasca FTDs in use in their flight training program. (May 28, 2013)
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 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)