Frasca debuted its reconfigurable training device (RTD) on Monday at EAA AirVenture. After receiving a steady flow of requests for a high-quality, yet still affordable advanced aviation training device (AATD), Frasca initiated development of a solution. The company sought input from customers and flight school operators to determine which features they valued most in a low-cost AATD.
Frasca found that customers and operators wanted an AATD approved by the FAA with extreme reliability and minimal breakdowns. They also wanted the devices to be highly serviceable, reconfigurable, backed by excellent product support, and easy to install and relocate. Additionally, customers valued accurate avionics, realistic aerodynamics, a flexible visual system, and a simple instructor operator station.
To meet customer needs, Frasca developed solutions for their requests built into a reconfigurable training device. The device features realistic avionics, operational knobs, and switches in the correct positions for accurate tactile experience, durable hardware, and a browser-based iOS interface. The RTD’s all metal construction can withstand a high-use training environment, and easy-change configuration kits feature quick-release fasteners, self-aligning captive connectors, and hot-swap capability. Customers can convert the RTD to different aircraft models with available single and twin configurations. The starting price of the RTD is listed at $58,000.