Frasca International, Inc. announced that they have partnered with Garmin to integrate Real Garmin G1000 NXi software into their new Frasca RTD™ (Reconfigurable Training Device). This is a first in the simulation industry and 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 convincing 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 easily reconfigurable between different aircraft models including the Cessna 172 and Piper Seminole as well as between analog instrumentation and 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 Real Garmin G1000 NXi software in the Frasca 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, lower cost simulators relied on imitated G1000NXi software which lacks the fidelity and realism of the real G1000 NXi. When a simulator is different from the aircraft, the pilot performs tasks differently than in the aircraft, resulting in negative training (which is noted in the FAA’s Aviation Instructor’s Handbook). To ensure positive transfer of training, Frasca incorporated real Garmin G1000 NXi software in the RTD which provides realistic simulation and safe training.
G1000 NXi software also enables the Frasca RTD to include Garmin’s newest features such as Synthetic Vision Technology with its 3-dimensional “pathway” view, Terrain Awareness and Warning System, as well as WAAS (LPV, LNAV/VNAV and Glide Paths) and easily updatable navigation databases.
“Working with Garmin to integrate the G1000 NXi software in to our RTD has enabled us to provide an AATD with excellent transfer of training to our customers.” Stated John Frasca, President of Frasca International. “We have been integrating Garmin avionics into our FTDs and FFSs for years and being able to offer that in our lower cost products is truly ground breaking.”
Pricing for the Frasca RTD starts at $58,000, then varies depending on aircraft configurations and options.