Frasca International (Booth No. 4636) has been awarded a contract by the FAA to build a Cessna Citation Mustang level-5 flight training device (FTD). The FTD, to be located at the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City, will accurately replicate the very light jet’s Garmin G1000-equipped flight deck.
For a 57-year-old company, FlightSafety International may be more mature than some others, but it hasn’t stopped growing. While the simulation training provider is active in other markets, the vast majority of its 40 learning centers and fleet of more than 230 simulators are dedicated to serving the business aviation community.
A pioneer in the simulation industry turned 50 this year. Frasca International has manufactured more than 2,000 flight training devices throughout its history that have been put in service in more than 70 countries.
Considering the cost of hiring, training, salary and benefits, it is important to hire the best pilot candidate. Airlines have had sophisticated, formal hiring processes for many years, but until now the process for business aviation has been largely intuitive.
Stop by Frasca’s booth (No. 3749) for an up-close look at the the company’s level-6 flight training device (FTD), built for Era Helicopters crews flying the Eurocopter EC 135. The device is to be delivered to Era Training in Lake Charles, La., as soon as the convention is over.
The FAA is establishing a new “Center of Excellence” headed by Auburn University to examine cabin air quality and study chemical and biological threats in airliners. Other universities taking part in the effort include Purdue University, Harvard University, Boise State University, Kansas State University, the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
Instrument-rated helicopter pilots are an expensive resource, particularly in the UK. Making the jump to a helicopter instrument rating (IR) has always demanded a significant investment in instructor and aircraft time, primarily because a lack of suitable simulators meant the vast proportion of the training–in the UK at least– could only be carried out aloft.
An enhanced version of TruVision, called TruVision Global, has been introduced by Frasca International (Booth No. 4420). The Urbana, Ill. company’s visual system allows pilots worldwide to view representative terrain and airports. The latest version covers more than 10,000 runways, plus coastlines, rivers, roads and more.
New technology and tactics are changing flight training against the backdrop of a declining pilot base, fewer student pilot starts and a shortage of flight instructors.
Simulator builder Frasca International unveiled its MentorH deployable helicopter flight training device (FTD) at the Airborne Law Enforcement Association convention last month. The MentorH is used for single-engine turbine helicopter training. Features include a four-channel TruVision visual system, FLIR and graphical instructor’s station.