Is response to increased requests for pricing information for their Reconfigurable Training Device (RTD), Frasca International has launched a pricing configurator which includes enhanced product details to simplify customer's research and buying process. The configurator will make it easier for those interested in the more affordable simulator to see how the RTD fits into their budget and can be accessed from the company’s website.
Interest in the RTD has been strong with several sales in the first part of 2020, Frasca says, and the company stands ready to provide additional devices to flight schools once the current state of flight training returns to normal. Recent customers for the RTD include Metro State University, Kansas State University, and L3 Harris Airline Academy, along with international orders from schools in Australia, Korea, China, and other countries. Now in its third year of production, the RTD is installed at dozens of flight schools worldwide.
The Frasca RTD is an FAA-approved Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD). It 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. Designed to be robust for reliability and ease of maintenance, the RTD is reconfigurable between different aircraft models. RTD reconfigure options include both G1000 NXi glass cockpit and analog instrumentation for the Cessna 172 and Piper Seminole. Additionally, the RTD is available with a single visual display or multiple channel displays for wrap-around, high-definition visuals.
A key feature credited for the RTD’s popularity is its real Garmin G1000 NXi software, which provides realistic simulation and an accurate training experience. Unlike lower cost simulators that rely on imitated G1000NXi software, the RTD helps users learn correct procedures and habits as all menu selections and button pushes practiced in the RTD mirror the aircraft. This ‘law of primacy’ increases the quality of learning and decreases the chances of pilot errors down the road, according to the FAA’s Aviation Instructor’s Handbook.
The G1000 NXi software also enables the Frasca RTD to include Garmin’s newest features: Synthetic Vision Technology with its 3-dimensional ‘pathway’ view, terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS), WAAS (LPV, LNAV/VNAV and Glide Paths), and updatable navigation databases.