Avidyne Press Release

AOPA Summit 2010: #1329

Avidyne and Frasca International Partner to Develop Training Simulator for Entegra Release 9

First Full-Featured Entegra Release 9 Simulator to be delivered to Western Michigan University to support their fleet of 26 R9-equipped Cirrus Aircraft.

Long Beach, CA – Thursday, November 11, 2010 – Avidyne Corporation announced today it has partnered with Frasca International, Inc. to develop two Cirrus SR22 Flight Training Devices (FTD) featuring Avidyne’s Entegra Release 9 (R9) integrated flight deck system.  The first R9-equipped FTD, which was recently delivered to Western Michigan University, provides a high-quality simulator for primary and advanced training on the state-of-the-art Avidyne R9 Flight Deck for Cirrus aircraft.  The second device will be delivered in the near future.

The Frasca FTD with Avidyne Entegra Release 9 features dual IFD5000 flight displays with dual FMS9000w Flight Management Systems.  Features include actual aircraft cockpits,  TruVisionTM  visual system with 220 degree visual display, Graphical Instructor Station (GISt) which gives instructors complete control of the simulation environment and monitors the pilot's performance through graphical mapping programs and more.  Lesson plans automatically control the simulator by triggering events based on conditions such as time, altitude, and other factors.

“The SR22 FTD is not only a task trainer for WMU’s Entegra 9-equipped Cirrus aircraft, it is a highly capable flight simulation system for Avidyne’s next generation of integrated avionics,” said John Frasca, Vice President of Frasca International.  “Avidyne’s role as the pioneer and continuing innovator of integrated flight decks makes them a strong partner for Frasca as we deliver what is an ideal training simulator for flight schools that are fulfilling the training needs of today and for the future.”

“The Frasca FTD with the Entegra Release 9 system gives WMU a powerful tool for training the next generation of professional pilots, and also for familiarizing their flight instructors with the advanced capabilities of the R9 system,” said Patrick Herguth, Avidyne’s Chief Operating Officer.  “This partnership is especially notable because it combines Frasca’s decades of expertise in building leading-edge flight simulation training systems, Avidyne’s unmatched experience in integrated flight deck systems for light GA aircraft, and WMU’s leadership in aviation education.”

“We have nearly completed the transition to the Avidyne Entegra Release 9 suite on our entire fleet of 26 Cirrus aircraft and the addition of the Frasca R9 FTD will be an incredibly effective addition to our curriculum,” said Captain David Powell, Dean of WMU’s College of Aviation. “We believe the Avidyne Release 9 system, with its fantastic FMS capabilities, is especially valuable for training tomorrow’s corporate and air transport pilots, and now we can provide a meaningful portion of that training in our new Frasca FTD.”

The Frasca FTD is approved for training under Federal Aviation Regulations Part 61 including for logging flight experience and instrument experience, for Instrument Proficiency Checks, for use in the Instrument Rating Practical Test, for a maximum of 20 hours training for the Instrument Rating, a maximum of 2.5 hours for the Private Pilot certificate, a maximum of 50 hours for the Commercial Pilot certificate, or a maximum of 25 hours toward the Airline Transport Pilot certificate.  The Mentor trainer also is approved for use under Part 141 as limited by Part 141 appendices.

Pricing and Availability

Pricing for the Entegra Release 9 FTD is available from Frasca International. Frasca offers a complete line of devices which meet a wide range of budgets.

About Frasca International (www.frasca.com)

Frasca International, of Urbana, Illinois, manufactures flight training equipment for airlines, flight schools, universities and military organizations worldwide.  Its product range includes Flight Training Devices (FTDs), FNPT I, II and IIMCC devices, CPTs, Full Flight Simulators (FFS) and more for all aircraft types, fixed wing and rotary.  Frasca has delivered over 2,200 devices to some 70 countries since the companies founding in 1958.  For more information their products, contact Joel Prichard (jprichard@frasca.com) or visit the Frasca website at: www.frasca.com.

About Western Michigan University (www.wmich.edu/)

Western Michigan University is a dynamic, student-centered research university with an enrollment of just over 25,000. WMU is focused on delivering high-quality undergraduate instruction, advancing its growing graduate division and fostering significant research activities.  WMU provides all the advantages of an undergraduate education at a major student-centered research University that is one of the top 100 public universities in the nation. Students at WMU prepare for careers in aviation with a revolutionary new curriculum built around the skills the airline industry knows its future employees should have. They get practical training using the nation's finest aviation facilities. 

About Avidyne Corporation (www.avidyne.com)

Avidyne’s continuing leadership in innovation and its Flying Made Simple™ system design make flying safer, more accessible and more enjoyable for pilots and their passengers. The company’s expanding line of products include the industry-leading Entegra integrated flight deck  linefor new and existing aircraft, the new DFC90 digital flight control system, the datalink-capable EX600 multi-function display and the dual-antenna TAS600 series of active traffic advisory systems, the MLB700 broadcast datalink receiver, the MLX770 world-wide datalink transceiver, and the TWX670 Tactical Weather Detection system. Headquartered in Lincoln, MA., the company has facilities in Westerville, OH., Melbourne, FL., and Boulder, CO.

Editorial Contacts

Tom Harper
Avidyne Corporation
(781) 402-7400