April 8, 2021 URBANA, IL. – FRASCA International, Inc. (FRASCA) has been named as a subcontractor for the US Navy TH-73A Aircrew Training Services (ATS) Contract. The prime contract was awarded to FlightSafety Defense, a FlightSafety International Company that will provide Contractor Instructional Services (CIS) and availability on 18 FRASCA-designed and manufactured Level 6 and Level 7 Flight Training Devices (FTDs).
Image generators and visual databases will be supplied by FlightSafety Defense Corporations subcontractor Aechelon Technologies. The devices will be used to support all aspects of initial entry rotary wing training, including hover, formation flight, night vision device, and shipboard operations training, as well as course rules familiarity and instrument flying. (more…)
March 1, 2021 Urbana, IL. FRASCA International, Inc (FRASCA) will be expanding their manufacturing facility in response to strong flight simulator sales including a contract for a Level D Full Flight Simulator (FFS) for an undisclosed helicopter operator. FRASCA currently operates out of an 85,000 square foot office and manufacturing facility which includes two additional outbuildings at their manufacturing facility in Urbana, Illinois.
February 24, 2021 Urbana, IL. FRASCA International, Inc (FRASCA) has received an order for an EC135 Level 5 Flight Training Device (FTD) from TKK (Tokyo Aircraft Instrument Co.), Tokyo, Japan.
The FTD will include some very advanced features including a visual system with five (5) 70 inch flat panel HDTV monitors mounted in front of the cockpit Two displays are mounted on both the Pilot and Copilot sides to provide a large vertical field of view, and a single display is mounted directly in front of the cockpit. The device will also feature FRASCAs Vibration system which provides vibration cues of variable amplitude and frequency to simulate realistic feel during flight. The system consists of electric motors and associated electronics mounted on the base frame, driven by real time host commands.
VERO BEACH, Fla., February 2, 2021 – Piper Aircraft announced today that exclusive factory training provider for the M600, Legacy Flight Training, has taken delivery of a Frasca M600/SLS Simulator. Training using the new type specific device began on February 1, 2021.
The flight simulator uses a Piper sourced M600 fuselage, pilot seating, sub panels, switching and flight controls which enables real world, model specific training for all M600 aircraft. The Frasca built training device features M600 type specific Garmin G3000 avionics with Piper’s HALO ™ safety system, inflight stability protection, level mode and auto throttle system. The simulator also features a multi-channel projection system with wrap around visuals creating a realistic training experience. (more…)
The US Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO has taken delivery of a FRASCA Cirrus SR20 Flight Training Device (FTD). The FTD features a 270-degree TruVision Global wraparound visual system with a custom database, CAPS simulation, real Garmin 1000 Perspective avionics suite, electronic control loading, Simplicity Instructor operator station with a remote tablet, and more. (more…)
December 14, 2020 –– Bend, OR and Urbana, IL –– Epic Aircraft has selected FRASCA International to build the first simulator for their E1000 GX Flight Training Program. The simulator will be built around an authentic Epic aircraft cockpit, featuring the actual Garmin G1000 NXi Avionics Suite and the Garmin GFC 700 Automated Flight Control System. The simulator will offer a three‐channel visual system with 220 x 58‐degree spherical enclosure, custom visual databases, instructor operator station (IOS), and more. The simulator is scheduled to be installed at Epic’s Flight Training Center in Bend, Oregon, by the fall of 2021. (more…)
Epic Flight Academy, New Smyrna Beach, FL has taken delivery of a Frasca 172 Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD) with Frasca’s Motion Cueing System for fixed wing devices (FMCS-FX). They are the first flight school to own and operate a general aviation device with this level of high fidelty motion.The AATD is the first of it’s kind to include a six-axis motion base and high definition three channel wrap around visual systems, features typically not available on this level of device. The device was delivered to the school in early September. (more…)
Simcom Aviation Training, Scottsdale, AZ has taken delivery of a Frasca built Pilatus PC-12 NGX Level 6 Flight Training Device (FTD). The FTD features Honeywell Primus Apex avionics system and visual system with Frasca’s 220 degree spherical display system and is the first PC-12 NGX FTD in service. The first training session with the new FTD was held September 5 at the Simcom Training facility in Scottsdale, AZ.
The Aviation Program at Utah State University, part of the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, Logan, will soon be adding a Frasca RTD (Reconfigurable Training Device) to their training program. The RTD simulates the university’s fleet of Diamond DA40 aircraft including Garmin G1000 NXi avionics and will feature a single channel visual display system with Frasca’s TruVision Global visual system. Utah State University holds the highest FAA flight training approval of part 141. The RTD will allow a portion of the required flight time to be replaced with simulator hours. Utah State will take delivery of the first DA40 RTD built by Frasca. Other aircraft models available on the RTD include the Cessna 172, Piper Archer and Piper Seminole. (more…)
May 12, 2020. Urbana, IL.
The International Aerospace community mourns the passing of Flight Simulation icon and aviation enthusiast, Rudy Frasca. Frasca passed away on May 11, 2020 at the age of 89. He died of natural causes.
Rudy was born on April 19, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois. He was one of six children of Anthony and Jenny Frasca. He and his wife Lucille (Matern) married in 1955 and moved to Champaign, Illinois where Rudy started his business and where they raised their eight children together. (more…)