WICAT TO LAUNCH AIRBUS FREE-PLAY FMGS TRAINER AT ASIAN AEROSPACE '94
OREM, Utah, Feb. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Wicat announced today that it will launch the new Airbus Free-play FMGS Trainer at the Asian Aerospace exhibition in Singapore at the Changi International Exhibition and Convention Centre, Feb. 22-27. The FMGS Trainer, a joint effort of Airbus/Aeroformation, Wicat and Faros, is a low-cost part-task trainer providing high-fidelity free-play simulation of the FMGS for the A320 and A330/340 aircraft.
The Airbus Free-play FMGS Trainer will be on display at the Airbus booth (stand No. 709) in the main exhibition hall. Wicat and Aeroformation representatives will be on hand to demonstrate the new Trainer.
The Airbus Free-play FMGS Trainer is a floor standing unit with simulated cockpit instrumentation. Included in the Trainer cockpit are 3-D replications of the Multifunction Control Display Unit (MCDU), the Flight Control Unit (FCU) and the throttle and flap controls. The heart of the Trainer is an integrated free-play software simulation of the Flight Management and Guidance System. The simulation is delivered on a high-resolution monitor built into the captain or first officer position of the Trainer.
The Trainer is designed to allow transitioning pilots free-play practice of flight management systems and autoflight control systems. It was designed to specifically reduce simulator time in transition courses.
The high-fidelity software simulation, developed by Faros of Lannion, France, interacts with the 3-D MCDU, FCU, throttle and flaps to provide a cost-effective environment for practicing pre-flight steps, any autoflight conditions, all routes and any flight parameters. An important feature of the Trainer is its ability to use the operators actual NAV data, including company routes, making possible a realistic and pertinent training environment.
The FMGS simulation allows a complete and realistic flight to be performed with all the possibilities offered by the actual aircraft FMGS. The flight phases include cockpit preparation, initialization, taxi, takeoff, climb, cruise, descent, approach, landing and/or go around.
The Free-play Trainer is priced at $200,000 -- a fraction of the cost of similar devices. This low cost is achieved in part by the realistic screen refresh and graphics performance delivered on a single, AICC compatible PC. Comparable part task trainers rely on multiple CPUs to achieve similar performance and fidelity.
The Airbus Free-play FMGS Trainer continues the trend at Wicat of introducing products which serve to download expensive simulator training tasks to low-cost, PC-based simulation systems.
Wicat Systems Inc., a Jostens Learning company, and a subsidiary of Jostens Inc., is a world leader in technology-based training products and services. Jostens stock is traded on the NYSE under the symbol JOS.
/CONTACT: Mark Nelson, director of Marketing of Wicat, 801-223-3380/
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