November 11, 2010
By Thomas A. Horne
At AOPA Aviation Summit, Avidyne Corp. and simulator manufacturer Frasca International announced Nov. 11 that they’ve partnered to create a Cirrus SR22 simulator incorporating Avidyne’s latest Entegra Release 9 (R9) avionics suite. The first such simulator has been delivered to Western Michigan University; a second simulator will be delivered in the near future, Avidyne says.
This new flight training device has dual IFD5000 flight displays with dual FMS9000w Flight Management Systems. Made from an actual SR22 cockpit, the training device has Frasca’s TruVision, 220-degree visual display and a Graphical Instruction Station that lets instructors control the training environment. Lesson plans can automatically control the simulator by triggering events based on time, altitude, and other factors. —Thomas A. Horne
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne has worked at AOPA since the early 1980s. He began flying in 1975 and has an airline transport pilot and flight instructor certificates. He’s flown everything from ultralights to Gulfstreams and ferried numerous piston airplanes across the Atlantic.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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