Frasca integrates Garmin’s GTN 650 into sims

Frasca International recently delivered flight training devices (FTDs) with Garmin GTN 650 avionics.

Garmin’s GTN 650/750 series is the long-awaited replacement for the incredibly popular GNS 430/530 series. It features the latest WAAS GPS features, electronic charts, integrated NAV/COM radio, traffic displays, and full Class B TAWS terrain alerting — all controlled by an intuitive touch screen interface.

Fleet owners who retrofit their existing aircraft fleet with newer avionics can now match their simulators to their aircraft, enabling flight students to transfer more learning from the simulator to the aircraft, Frasca officials noted.

The first customer to request GTN 650’s into its simulators is Sault College with its Frasca-built Zlin 242L Level 5 FTD.

Frasca was also the first company to integrate the Garmin GNS 430 into flight simulators. In fact, it was Frasca’s engineers who wrote the original Interface Control Document (ICD) for GNS 430 GPS’s to be installed into simulators — all other simulator manufacturers have used the updated version of this same ICD, according to company officials. Over the years Frasca has built more than 100 simulators with GNS-430 (and 430W) GPS.

In addition, Frasca has successfully installed Garmin’s G1000 integrated avionics suite into nearly 200 simulators and has also integrated Garmin’s G500 dual-screen electronic flight display into their simulators as well.

Frasca’s relationship with Garmin extends well beyond the traditional manufacturer/vendor roles as Frasca and Garmin worked together on a joint project to install a G1000-equipped Frasca flight simulator at The Garmin Store on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Interested pilots may sign up for personalized instruction on the Frasca simulator to learn more about the G1000 capabilities.

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  1. G. says

    Awesome work on the Zlin, guys! As luck would have it, I’m being checked out on it in an hour.

    It’s a huge step forwards in terms of realism, in my opinion, especially when learning the complexities of the GTN and Aspen, something that’s tricky to do in flight.

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