NBAA Convention News

Frasca sees stable market for FTDs

 - October 13, 2010, 9:42 AM

Urbana, Ill.-based simulator manufacturer Frasca International (Booth No. 1839) has received an order from Purdue University for an Embraer Phenom FAA level-6 flight training device (FTD). It will include the same Garmin Prodigy avionics found in the aircraft and will be used in the university’s professional pilot training program. The FTD will also feature a high-fidelity digital sound system, electronic control loading, auto-testing, graphical instructor station and Frasca’s TruVision visual with 220-degree display.

“This is our 25th consecutive year as an NBAA exhibitor, Rudy Frasca, founder of Frasca International, told AIN. “Business aviation is an important market for us and we feel the contacts and relationships made during the show are invaluable.”
The company, which has been building flight training devices and flight simulators for more than 50 years, continues to do well, said Frasca. “Our diverse product line and geographic market reach help keep our business stable during the ups and downs of the industry,” he said. “Since we supply military organizations, commercial ventures, airlines, flight schools, universities and colleges worldwide, we have a wide customer base to draw from.”

Frasca also is currently building two Phenom synthetic training devices for the Finnish Aviation Academy. Both are being built in conformance with JAR FSTD level-2 and FNPT II MCC requirements. Each will include a TruVision Global 220-degree visual system.