FlightSafety Receives FAA Level D Qualification for Vital X Visual System Equipped With LCOS High-Definition Projectors

LA GUARDIA AIRPORT, New York (September 17, 2008) – FlightSafety International has received Level D qualification from the Federal Aviation Administration for the company’s first VITAL X visual system equipped with Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS) High-Definition projectors.

The new VITAL X visual system is installed on an Embraer ERJ 145 aircraft simulator located at FlightSafety’s Training Center in Saint Louis, Missouri. The simulator was originally equipped with FlightSafety’s VITAL 9 visual system.

VITAL X features the latest COTS PC technology combining high performance computers with advanced graphics processors. FlightSafety’s latest visual simulation technology offers a Global Synthetic Natural Environment world database of geo-specific satellite imagery allowing worldwide continuous flight. The system supports hundreds of six Degree of Freedom fully articulated moving models, 3D sea states, physics-based MultiVis atmospheric weather and sensor effects, and shaders to enhance training realism. The VITAL X COTS PC-based image generator can support hundreds of thousands of fully processed scene elements per channel.

FlightSafety’s VITAL X visual system equipped with COTS HD Projectors is a highly cost effective solution for current and future visual applications as well as upgrades of existing training devices. The visual system has been delivered and integrated with a variety of cost effective COTS HD projector lines as well as with the FlightSafety Skylight Projectors.

Over 700 visual systems and 400 simulators have been produced in the past two decades. FlightSafety has simulated approximately 60 different aircraft types in the past five years alone, and provides worldwide Engineering and Logistic support. The simulators are part of an integrated training system used throughout the company’s network of Learning Centers and by many other leading commercial, government and military organizations worldwide.

FlightSafety International is the world’s premier aviation training organization. Over 75,000 pilots, technicians and other aviation professionals train at FlightSafety facilities each year. The company designs and manufactures full flight simulators for civil and military aircraft programs and operates the world’s largest fleet of advanced full flight simulators at 40 training locations.