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McDONNELL DOUGLAS ANNOUNCES THE CERTIFICATION OF THE FIRST VISUAL SIMULATION SYSTEM

 McDONNELL DOUGLAS ANNOUNCES THE CERTIFICATION OF THE
 FIRST VISUAL SIMULATION SYSTEM
 SINGAPORE, Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- McDonnell Douglas (NYSE: MD) announced today that VITAL(TM) VIIe is the first visual simulation system to be certified by the new "International Qualification Test Guide." The new test guide allows International Civil Aviation Organization members to achieve a common training standard.
 VITAL VIIe was installed on a Reflectone BAe146 Aircraft Flight Simulator at Ansett Airlines Melbourne Flight Training Center and entered training two months ahead of schedule.
 The simulator and visual system achieved Australian CAA Level 5 approval, the Australian Civil Aviation Authority's highest level of certification, equivalent to FAA level D. Approval was achieved on the first attempt and was without reservation.
 VITAL VIIe is the first visual system designed to meet level C requirements that also provides full color day scenes, phototexture and matte texture. The system can be easily reconfigured to meet FAA level D or equivalent requirements.
 VITAL VIIe makes use of the latest RISC architecture processors. The high capacity and great speed of these devices allows the system to display more than 750 textured surfaces and 1,000 lightpoints simultaneously per channel in a daylight mode.
 VITAL VIIe provides a full suite of cultural and environmental features, such as airports, cities, environmental lights, moving traffic and both airborne and ground hazards. The Height-Above Terrain feature allows sloping runways to be simulated. Weather effects are highly realistic and accurate and a wide range of visibilities effects, such as fog and clouds, can be simulated.
 The VITAL VIIe's capability to combine matte, full color photo and geospecific texture patterns allows remarkable scene realism, permitting "as real world" recognition of key features and airfields. This adds to the fidelity of simulation and leads to more effective training.
 A variety of display systems -- from conventional zero-gap modular displays to the MULTIVIEW(TM) full-color projector system that provides a cross cockpit view for all flight crew members -- are available. MULTIVIEW is noted for combining excellent bright, crisp scenes with low lifecycle cots. Reliability and availability are exceptional, and availability in excess of 99 percent is routinely achieved.
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 /CONTACT: Karolyn Wolf of McDonnell Douglas Electronics Co., 703-883-3825/
 (MD) CO: McDonnell Douglas; McDonnell Douglas Electronics Co. ST: California IN: AIR ARO SU:


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