Epic Flight Academy is First in World to Add High Fidelity Motion Simulator to Fleet

FRASCA Cessna 172 AATD


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September 22, 2020

New Smyrna Beach, FL – Epic Flight Academy is the first in the world to take delivery of a Frasca Cessna 172 Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD) with Frasca’s Motion Cueing System for fixed-wing devices (FMCS-FX). The flight simulator includes a high-fidelity, six-axis motion system along with an extremely realistic, wrap-around visual system. “Epic Flight Academy is the first flight school in the world to have a Cessna 172 FTD with this high level of motion system. They are leading the way in flight training by providing this very high-fidelity device for their students,” stated John Frasca, President of Frasca International, Inc.

“We are thrilled to add this sim to our flight training facility,” said CEO Danny Perna. “Although we regularly add new planes to our fleet, we also augment flight training with simulators so students can safely experience every type of weather condition and emergency situation. We worked closely with Frasca to develop this simulator. The motions system is based on advanced technology originally designed for use in higher level Flight Training Devices (FTDs) and Full Flight Simulators (FTDs).” Frasca technicians are on site this week finalizing installation.

Epic’s fleet already includes four simulators. These support Epic’s 190 students who enjoy training in Florida’s good weather but also need to train in poor conditions. The new AATD will provide enhanced training.

Perna added, “Epic is known for purchasing all new aircraft. We do this to make sure our students have access to the most current aircraft systems. This particular purchase is especially exciting because it’s the newest technology of its kind. No other flight school offers this AATD.”

In addition to flight training, Epic is also known for its distinctive landmark, a decommissioned DC-7 displayed on campus. Tourists go out of their way to visit the flight school just to see this historic aircraft. “As much as we embrace technology, we also have a deep appreciation for early aircraft,” said Perna. “The DC-7 was the first commercial airliner to fly nonstop coast-to-coast. We are proud to preserve and display this American Airlines beauty!”

About FRASCA International:

FRASCA International designs and manufactures simulation technology and components that increase pilot safety. Founded in 1958 and based in Illinois, the company leads the industry in simulation technology and consistently delivers exceptional quality products and services based on a customer’s unique requirements. Frasca produces a range of high-fidelity, American-made simulation equipment designed to prepare every pilot for real-world mission scenarios. More than 3,000 Frasca simulators are in operation worldwide. Frasca is ISO: 9001:2015 certified.

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