A generous donation from the Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust brought the university two Frasca 242 Piper Seminole Level 5 Flight Simulation Training Devices (FSTDs). The simulators, valued at $350,000 each, are housed in the Emil Buehler Center for Aviation Training and Research, at Melbourne International Airport, home of FIT Aviation.
The cockpit of the FSTDs is made from fiberglass and accurately replicates the flight deck of an actual Piper Seminole aircraft. It includes the actual Avidyne Entegra integrated avionics system as installed within a Piper Seminole. The FSTD is equipped with Frasca’s TruFeel electronic control loading system, which provides realistic, variable control pressures throughout the flight envelope. It is also equipped with TruVision Global visual system, which is displayed through three LCD projectors onto a cylindrical screen and provides pilots a 180° horizontal by 40° vertical field of view.
“The realism exhibited with this device will greatly aid the flight students as they progress through their multi-engine training,” said Glenn Vera, director of FIT Aviation. “The benefits of conducting flight training in the FSTDs include safety, effectiveness and scheduling availability,” added Vera.
Pictured in a new flight simulator are FIT Aviation instructor Michael Klenz and Florida Tech President Anthony J. Catanese. The photo was taken at flight simulator dedication ceremonies.