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Frasca predicts continued demand for training simsFrasca predicts continued demand for training sims

Frasca International, the Urbana, Illinois-based flight simulator company founded nearly 60 years ago by Rudy Frasca, predicts continued strong demand among college flight schools for general aviation flight training devices (FTD) and advanced aviation training devices (AATD). 

Frasca International Inc. is updating the University of North Dakota's simulator training fleet with Garmin's G1000 NXi avionics suite, as pictured in a Piper Seminole flight training device. Photo courtesy of Frasca.

As universities add to or upgrade their existing fleet of aircraft, they generally accompany the move with newer flight simulators and training devices as well, explained John Frasca, president of the company.

“We’re seeing strong simulator orders from collegiate flying schools as they transition to a new training aircraft model or upgrade their fleet from analogue to digital glass cockpits,” Frasca noted in a July 19 news release in advance of EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Frasca cited the “continuous evolution” of training programs, government regulations, and the digital revolution as some of the main reasons the realistic training environment continues to grow. 

He pointed out that the company’s FAA Level 5 FTDs and AATDs use “aerodynamic flight models and control loading cues that are based on actual flight test data” that contribute to a more realistic learning experience for students.

Frasca representatives at AirVenture are partnering with certificated flight instructors and Sporty’s Pilot Shop to give first-time flyers quality time in the cockpit of a flight training device and a free logbook “to encourage ongoing flight training.”

David Tulis

David Tulis

Associate Editor Web/ePilot
AOPA Associate Editor Web/ePilot David Tulis joined AOPA in 2015 and is a private pilot with single-engine land and sea ratings and a tailwheel endorsement. He is also a certificated remote pilot and co-host of the award-winning AOPA Hangar Talk podcast. David enjoys vintage aircraft and photography.
Topics: Training and Safety, Aviation Education Programs

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