Technology Used in Frasca Simulators
Frasca simulators and training devices utilize the latest technology to provide reliable and realistic simulation of the aircraft. This technology includes:
- CGI – Computer Generated Instrumentation
- Blade Element Momentum Theory (BEMT)
- Auto-Cert: Used during certification to automatically validate simulator performance
- Flight Test: Frasca can instrument the specific aircraft and perform flight test.
- Digital Sound Simulation
- Motion – 6-axis
- NVG Compatibility
- Flight Test: Frasca’s flight test team has developed flight test plans, instrumentation and procedures for flight testing all types of aircraft. Recent programs include both fixed wing and helicopters. Instrumentation used in the flight tests include Alpha/Beta boom, laser altimeter, differential GPS, AHRS, cockpit control position sensors, control surface sensors, force measurement transducers, etc. In addition to installing sensors, Frasca will also record data from existing aircraft data busses. A typical flight test plan can include over 2000 test runs.
- EFIS – both simulated and stimulated EFIS systems are available. Simulated systems utilize PC technology and commercial displays. Stimulated EFIS systems use actual aircraft hardware driven by Frasca's computer and interface systems.
- Frasca Debriefing Station (FDS): Used with Frasca FTDs to provide post-flight debriefing.
- Frasca's Modular Interface System places much of the interface in the cockpit instead of in centralized cabinets. This significantly reduces the number of connectors, wire harness sizes, and chassis sizes resulting in few assembly errors, shortened integration times, and higher reliability.
- Digital Sound Simulation enhances the reality of Frasca's devices, simulating aircraft sounds and pilot
- Frasca's Graphical Instructor Station (GISt™) is an easy to use, powerful instructional control tool that provides the instructor with complete control of the simulation environment. GISt™ provides conventional control of simulator functions such as environmental conditions and failures, while also allowing the instructor to monitor simulator operation and pilot performance through graphical mapping displays. Further, GISt™ provides automated control of the simulator session through the use of lesson plans. Lesson plans automatically control the simulator by triggering events based on conditions such as time, altitude, communications, etc. Optional
- Electric Control Loading (ECL) is an advanced design that accurately simulates the forces acting on the helicopter's controls in both static and dynamic conditions, providing realistic levels of resistance and inertia to the cyclic, collective, and antitorque pedals throughout the entire range of the helicopter flight envelope.
- TruVision™ Global – A major new release of Frasca's TruVision™ product line, which features whole-earth coverage at a base map level and allows high-level insets for specific areas. Textured visual system provides realistic out-the-window scenes that can be customized for specific airports and geographic regions. Visual systems are available in single or multiple channel configurations with CRT, projection,LCD. or collimated display systems.
- Computers – All Frasca simulators utilize PC technology ensuring high reliability and availability of spares. Several computers, each performing separate tasks, are integrated together in each simulator to provide superior processing power and speed.
- Cockpits – Frasca simulators use cockpits that duplicate the aircraft flight deck. These cockpits can be built utilizing aircraft parts and data or can be based on remanufactured salvaged aircraft cockpits and parts.
- Qualification – Frasca Flight Training Devices and Full Flight Simulators can be qualified or certified at all relevant FAA and JAA levels. Appropriate documentation and auto-test systems are available.
Components and Services Catalog Available
Frasca has put together a catalog describing the various components and services available. These include: Flight Test and Data Acquisition, Flight Modeling, Control Loading, Cockpits, Instruments, I/O Interface Systems, Visual Systems, Vibration Systems, and more. A pdf version is available by clicking here.
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.