Avidyne Corp. 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 simulator for primary and advanced training on the 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° visual display, Graphical Instructor Station (GISt) which gives instructors 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.
“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.