6-Apr-2010 Source: Frasca
Frasca International has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Level 7 qualification on its 206B Flight Training Device (FTD) installed at FlightSafety Internationalâ€™s (FSI) Learning Center in Lafayette, LA. This is the highest level of qualification for Flight Training Devices and only the second FTD qualified to the Level 7 standard, the first being Frascaâ€™s AS350 which received approval in August of 2009 and is in use at FSIâ€™s facility in Tucson, AZ.
The FTD is fixed based with a vibration platform which provides tactile cues related to both normal and emergency operations and is integrated to Flight Safety’s Vital X visual system using Frasca’s spherical display screens to provide a 200 X 70 field of view. Other features include Frasca’s Graphical Instructor Station (GISt), Frascaâ€™s next generation ECL 2.0 Digital Electric Control Loading system and more.
â€œLevel 7 FTDâ€™s are very complicated devices. Many of the tests are the same as required for a Level D Full Flight Simulator. Frasca undertook a significant investment to develop the capability to collect aircraft data and develop quality aerodynamic models. Receiving the FAAâ€™s Level 7 qualification is a significant validation of Frascaâ€™s engineering processes.â€ commented John Frasca, Vice President of Frasca International, Inc.
A third FTD for the Bell 407 is nearing completion by Frasca for FlightSafety and will also undergo FAA Level 7 qualification. It will be installed at the Lafayette facility next month.