Thursday, October 1, 2009
Rotorcraft Report: Frasca Trainer Achieves Level 7
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted Level 7 qualification for Urbana, Ill.-based Frasca International’s AS350B2 flight training device (FTD). The simulator, which features a 200 x 70 field of view, graphical instructor station (GISt) and ECL 2.0 digital electronic control loading system, is based at FlightSafety Intl’s Helicopter Learning Center in Tucson, Ariz.
John Frasca, vice president of the company, notes that Level 7 FTDs "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."
Frasca is pursuing two additional Level 7 qualifications for FlightSafety — a Bell 206B/206L FTD in Lafayette, La. and a Bell 407 simulator that is slated for installation in Lafayette.