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EASA Recertifies L-3’s Upgraded FFS to Level D

By gguarino | January 22, 2013
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The European Aviation Safety Agency has recertified an upgraded Airbus A320 full flight simulator (FFS) at L-3 Link’s Asian Aviation Training Center (AATC) in Thailand to a Level D type rating.

(AATC's A320 FFS)

Level D is the highest achievable FFS certification, granted by EASA and FAA. The rating requires an FFS motion platform to have all six degrees of freedom, and a visual system with an outside-world horizontal field of view of at least 180 degrees, among other special motion and visual requirements.

L-3 said the A320 FFS was upgraded with Projectiondesign’s FL35 DLP LED projection system, which provides reduced maintenance costs and an RSI XT4 image generator capable of producing 4 million pixels per channel. The company first installed the FL35 DLP LED on a Boeing 777 FFS, and noted no drop-off in resolution or intensity light output after nine months.

“The decision to upgrade our Asian Aviation Training Centre’s A320 simulator with the FL35 projection system has resulted in improved training device performance, which far exceeds regulatory requirements in the critical areas of vertical-field-of-view, light point resolution, brightness and runway recognition at range,” said Lenny Genna, president of L-3 Link. More

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