Frasca International Inc. has partnered with Garmin to integrate Real Garmin G1000 NXi software into its new Frasca RTD (Reconfigurable Training Device). This is a first in the simulation industry, Frasca says, and has required extensive collaboration between Frasca and Garmin to ensure that Frasca’s simulation software and Garmin’s G1000 NXi software operate in harmony.
The Frasca RTD is approved by the FAA as an Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD) and features Frasca’s advanced aerodynamic software using flight test data, a browser/web-based instructor station and out-the-window visual graphics for a realistic flying experience. In addition, Frasca designed the RTD using robust hardware for reliability and ease of maintenance, while being reconfigurable between different aircraft models including the Cessna 172 and Piper Seminole, as well as between analog instrumentation and the G1000 NXi glass cockpit. The RTD can be ordered with a single visual display or multiple channel displays for wrap-around, high-definition visuals.
By incorporating the software in the RTD, users can be assured that they are learning correct procedures and habits as all of the menu selections and button pushes are performed in the RTD the same as in the aircraft. Until now, Frasca says, lower cost simulators relied on imitated G1000NXi software, which lacks the fidelity and realism of the real G1000 NXi. To ensure positive transfer of training, Frasca incorporated this software in the RTD, which provides realistic simulation and safe training.
The software also enables the Frasca RTD to include Garmin’s newest features such as Synthetic Vision Technology, Terrain Awareness and Warning System, as well as WAAS (LPV, LNAV/VNAV and Glide Paths) and updatable navigation databases.