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Frasca International Celebrates 50th Anniversary

January 2, 2008  By Corrie

Jan. 2, 2008, Urbana, IL - Frasca International, Inc,  has announced that 2008 is its 50th year in business.

Jan. 2, 2008, Urbana, IL – Frasca International, Inc,  has announced
that 2008 is its 50th year in business. "I founded Frasca International
in 1958 after working as a flight simulator instructor &
maintenance engineer in the Navy," said Rudy Frasca, Founder and
President. "I'm extremely proud of where we are today and the positive
impact we've had on flight training worldwide." Frasca plans to
celebrate their 50th anniversary with various events and celebrations
throughout the year. "Having delivering over 2000 devices, we're well
known in the international flight training community and are very
grateful to our customerswho have put their trust in our company,"
mentioned Rudy. "We also are extremely fortunate to have loyal and
dedicated employees who take great pride in their work." Frasca employs
over 160 at their factory in Urbana and also relies on the help of
sales agents and service engineers located around the world.
Frasca is one of the only privately owned simulator manufacturers in
the world. The company owned and managed by the Frasca family with
three generations involved in the business. Rudy's son, John Frasca, is
Vice President. Sons Tom, Bob and David and daughters, Mary, Peggy and
Liz are involved in marketing, management, production, finance and
other areas of the company.
Frasca International is unique in that it provides a complete range of
flight training equipment for all aircraft types rather than focusing
strictly on the higher end or the entry level products. Over the past
50 years, the company has had many milestones with respect to
technological breakthoughs, new product announcements and contract
awards. In 1983, the company transitioned from analog to digital
simulation, utilizing PC technology. In 1984, they developed electric
control loading which improved the feel of the controls. In 1985,
Frasca introduced their first visual system. In 1987, motion bases were
applied to general aviation devices. In 1991 Frasca introduced their
Graphical Instructors Station (GISt) which has become an industry
standard for it's ease of use and instructional value. In 1992, the
company delivered it's first Full Flight Simulator. In 2003, 16 Level 6
FTDs were delivered to ERAU, the first of their kind. In 2005, a Frasca
KingAir FFS with TruVision was approved to Level C. In 2007, Frasca
delivered the first Level 6 Helicopter FTD and introduced TruVision
Global, a highly detailed visual system, to the industry.
Frasca International is known worldwide as "the Comprehensive Source
for Flight Simulation" and their name has become synonymous with flight
simulation in many parts of the world. Frasca's product range includes
Flight Training Devices (FTDs), FNPT I, II and IIMCC devices, CPTs,
Full Flight Simulators (FFS) and more for all aircraft types, fixed
wing and rotary. Frasca has delivered over 2000 devices to some 70
countries since the company was founded.
Frasca provides simulation equipment to airlines, flight schools and
military organizations worldwide. Key customers include large
university aviation programs such as Embry Riddle Aeronautical
University (ERAU) and the University North Dakota (UND), hundreds of
flight schools, military organizations such as the U.S. Navy, the U.S.
Army, The Indonesian Air Force, The Defence Helicopter Flying School
(DHFS), the NYPD and others, and helicopter operators including PHI,
Air Logistics, Bristow Helicopters, SilverState Helicopters, Bell
Helicopters, Era Helicopters and many more. Thousands of pilots
worldwide have trained on Frasca equipment.
For more information on Frasca equipment, contact Peggy Prichard pprichard@frasca.com or visit the Frasca website at: www.frasca.com


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