Frasca International is offering a video gamer’s delight here at Heli-Expo: an opportunity to fly a Bell 206 simulator with a friend down the hall.
While small piston helicopters continue to dominate the initial training scene with their relatively simple designs and low cost of operation, pilots seeking recurrent or advanced training in larger and more expensive turbine helicopters are more likely than ever to be flying a simulator instead of the real thing, according to industry experts.
Frasca International, the Urbana, Ill. company well known for its flight-training devices, is branching out into full-flight simulation. The Japanese Civil Aviation Promotion Foundation recently took delivery of a King Air B200 simulator, the first FAA level-C training system built by Frasca. The company also recently delivered a level-C Caravan simulator to the University of Alaska.
The FAA has adopted its four-year-old proposed rule to revise simulator and flight training device (FTD) requirements and consolidate them into a new FAR Part 60. The new rule, which has been under discussion for more than four years, is slated to go into effect next October and gives those affected until 2013 to be in full compliance.
Technical, design and operational requirements for simulators and flight training devices (FTDs) will be updated and consolidated under one new rule, FAR Part 60. The new rule was adopted yesterday from a four-year-old notice of proposed rulemaking but does not go into effect until October 30 next year, after which affected entities will have between Oct. 30, 2009 and Oct. 30, 2013 to be fully in compliance with all the new requirements.
Frasca’s newest flight training device, the Mentor, is being billed by the Urbana, Ill. company as one of the few devices capable of replicating the Garmin G1000 glass cockpit.
First came glass cockpits for light piston airplanes, and now there is a Frasca flight-training device (FTD) for pilots who want to learn to use the new breed of avionics.
Flight-training-device builder Frasca International is demonstrating its TruFliteH 342 reconfigurable helicopter simulator with 220-degree visual display at Booth No. 3901. The TruFliteH 342, featuring the Olympus VisionPlex II projection system, is a generic helicopter flight-training device directed at the Schweizer 300, Bell 206 and Eurocopter EC 120 Koala class of aircraft.
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