Frasca Reports Strong Demand for Flight Training Devices (FTD) from Collegiate Flight Training Colleges and Universities

July 21, 2017
Flight schools and pilots are invited to “test fly” Frasca’s latest Cessna 172 Level 5 FTD equipped with real Garmin G1000 avionics at EAA AirVenture 2017 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin (July 24-30). The FTD will be at Booth #56 in the EAA’s Aviation Gateway Park.

URBANA, IL --- (July 19, 2017) ---Frasca International, Inc. reports rising demand for its general aviation aircraft Flight Training Devices (FTD) and AATDs (Advanced Aviation Training Devices) from collegiate flight training schools affiliated with colleges and universities.

“We’re seeing strong simulator orders from collegiate flying schools as they transition to a new training aircraft model or upgrade their fleet from analogue to digital glass cockpits,” says John Frasca, President of Frasca International. 

Flight schools and pilots are invited to “test fly” Frasca’s latest Cessna 172 Level 5 FTD equipped with real Garmin G1000 avionics at EAA AirVenture 2017 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin (July 24-30). The FTD will be at Booth #56 in the EAA’s Aviation Gateway Park, which is a showcase for the latest and greatest in innovative aerospace science and education. 

“The continuous evolution of pilot training programs and regulations is driving demand for high fidelity simulators and flight training devices that realistically simulate the performance and flying characteristics of today’s training aircraft,” says John Frasca.”

“All of Frasca high fidelity Level 5 FTD’s and AATD’s incorporate aerodynamic flight models and control loading cues that are based on actual flight test data to provide realistic and superior flight training. Our FTD’s also feature realistic ground taxiing models and real avionics for precise functionality.”   

This year Frasca is once again partnered with the Alpha Eta Rho (AHP) Aviation fraternity to provide Certified Flight Instructors for free simulator flights at Oshkosh. Bob Clement, Chairman of the Board of Alpha Eta Rho, added, "Alpha Eta Rho is honored to partner with Frasca International to promote aviation education, training and safety to the next generation of aspiring aviators.”Founded in 1929, AHP is the oldest professional aviation fraternity. First time pilots will be given a free logbook (sponsored by Frasca and Sporty’s Academy, Inc.) to encourage ongoing flight training. 

Frasca’s popular Cessna 172 FTD’s and AATD’s were recently ordered by seven large collegiate flight training programs: United States Air Force Academy (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Central Oregon Community College (Bend, Ore.), Florida Memorial University (Miami Gardens, Fla.), Louisiana Tech University College (Ruston, La.), Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology (Tulsa, Okla.), Confederation College (Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada) and the Korean Aerospace University (Goyang, South Korea)

Last year, the University of North Dakota John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences (UND) ordered multiple Frasca Level 5 FTDs and AATDs for the Piper Archer TX and the Piper Seminole with a G1000 NXi in conjunction with an order for 100 new Piper training aircraft. 

Elsewhere, Frasca FTDs can also be found at Central Texas College in Killeen, Texas (Piper Archer FTD), Western Michigan University in Battle Creek, Mich. (Cirrus SR20 FTD), Middle Georgia State University in Eastman, Ga. (Piper Archer Mentor AATD) and CAE Oxford Aviation Academy in Mesa, Arizona (Diamond DA42 FTD). 

Frasca International is the oldest and largest simulator supplier to collegiate flight training schools thanks to its ongoing investments in innovative technology, high operational reliability and 60-years of dependable service and support. The company also has a long history of collaborating with collegiate training schools on research projects that enhance training value and increase aviation safety. “When Rudy Frasca founded our company as a grassroots aviation business, he instilled a passion for flying and developing the very best flight training simulators,” says son John Frasca.

For more than 40 years, Frasca has participated in the EAA’s annual fly-in as an airshow performer, Warbird owner and corporate exhibitor.  


Alpha Eta Rho is an intercollegiate nonprofit organization that serves as a contact between the aviation industry and educational institutions to foster, promote, and mentor student leaders through education, charity, scholarship and service, towards successful professional careers in the aviation field and all of its branches. 

The organization helps to generate and foster a fundamental interest in aviation, which is essential to growing the population of future aviators. Membership in Alpha Eta Rho is open to all collegiate men and women who have a strong interest in, or who are currently seeking careers in any field within the aviation and aerospace industries. Alpha Eta Rho strives to promote interest in aviation, contact between the students of aviation and those engaged in the profession, while also constantly improving aviation education and research in the field. 


Frasca International of Urbana, Ill., has nearly 60 years of experience developing and manufacturing flight training equipment for airlines, flight schools, colleges, universities and military organizations worldwide. The company’s product range includes Flight Training Devices (FTDs), Synthetic Training Devices (STDs), Cockpit Procedure Trainers (CPTs), Full Flight Simulators (FFSs) and other training devices for a wide range of fixed and rotary-wing aircraft. Thousands of pilots have trained on the 2,600 Frasca aviation training devices delivered worldwide. 

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