Frasca International, a family-owned flight simulator company in Urbana, Illinois, has been acquired by FlightSafety International.
Frasca is a more than 60-year designer and manufacturer of flight simulators, training devices, and simulation components, and FlightSafety International is a Columbus, Ohio-based company operating the world’s largest number of advanced full-flight simulators and learning centers.
Frasca Marketing Manager Peggy Prichard told The News-Gazette that “over the years, there have been other companies interested in acquiring Frasca, but FlightSafety was the right buyer at the right time.”
Prichard told The News-Gazette that the two companies “already have a long history of collaboration dating back to the friendship of their aviation pioneer founders, the late Rudy Frasca and the late Al Ueltschi.”
Frasca’s founder was a flight instructor for the U.S. Navy who built the company’s first flight simulator in his garage.
Last year, Frasca announced that it was a subcontractor for FlightSafety’s training defense projects for the Navy. “The contract called for FlightSafety subsidiary FlightSafety Defense to provide instructional services and availability for 18 Frasca-designed and manufactured Level 6 and Level 7 flight-training devices,” stated The News-Gazette.
FlightSafety Director of Internal and External Communications Staci Perkins told The News-Gazette, “the company has traditional strength in high-quality training in large Level D simulators, and Frasca’s strength in training development and ab initio (early) flight training makes this partnership beneficial for both entities."