New Airbus A320 simulator is first Level D system to use new FL35 wqxga design
Fredrikstad, Norway, 21 May 2012 - Norway's projectiondesign® is delighted to announce that British Airways (BA) has upgraded a fifth full-flight training simulator using the manufacturer's latest ReaLED™ light-source projectors.
Following on from last year's initial installation of a simulator based around the projectiondesign FL32 projector, this latest upgrade features projectiondesign's FL35 wqxga - unveiled at the end of last year as the highest-resolution solid-state light-source projector available with its 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution.
Based on the established F35 DLP® platform, the FL35 combines an ultra-high resolution of 4.1 Megapixels with projectiondesign's second-generation RealLED illumination technology. Like all RealLED devices, the FL35 promises 100,000 hours of typical service life combined with greater installation flexibility and reduced cost of ownership compared with conventionally illuminated designs.
Like projectiondesign's previous BA simulators, the new system features three projectors in a design drawn up by the airline's systems integration partner RSI Visual Systems. The projectors are integrated with the RSI XT4 Level ' D' Image Generator and is used for showing 'Out The Window' (OTW) content, giving trainee pilots simulations of unprecedented realism in accordance with the Level D airline industry standards.
"Moving up from WUXGA to WQXGA gives a considerable increase in pixels per projector," explains Jeff Everett, President, RSI Visual Systems. "This has the obvious advantage of offering a higher level of display fidelity. For example, it means that a pilot can read signage a greater distance away when they are taxiing around a virtual 'airport'.
"We were also able to add another 5 degrees of view because of the extra pixels - giving us 45 degrees in the vertical as opposed to the standard 40 degrees. That has the benefit of increasing the field of view for trainees, which in turn helps to make the simulator more realistic.
"But it's not just the number of pixels - it's what you can do with them that's important. And that's where the RealLED technology really scores because calibration is so straightforward and dependable. The ability to maintain colour and brightness settings across multiple projectors over long periods of time, and without any maintenance required, is huge in our business - just huge!"
Located, like the earlier installations, at BA's Heathrow Training Centre, the FL35s are integrated with RSI Visual System's RASTER XT4 image-generator - one of the few systems of its kind that can drive projectors at WQXGA resolution with a single-channel output. The finished system is used to simulate the view from the cockpit of an Airbus A320 passenger airliner.
Mike Burtenshaw, General Manager, British Airways Flight Training, said: "The FL35 is providing our A320 simulator's visual systems with high levels of reliability, brightness and resolution. BA Flight Training constantly looks to invest in its flight simulators to continue to maintain the highest possible levels of pilot training standards."
Summing up for projectiondesign, Javier Delgado, the company's Visual Simulation Manager, says: "This installation at Heathrow is the first Level D simulator anywhere in the world to use our FL35 projectors. The feedback we have had from both the integrator and BA themselves has been excellent, confirming our belief that the FL35 is capable of changing the way the airline industry looks at projection. With the use of our technology, the installation benefits from from low maintenance, consistent imaging and a predictable cost of ownership.
"Our relationship with RSI Visual Systems continues to blossom. They have now decided to standardise on projectiondesign and we are looking forward to supplying RealLED projectors to them for many more simulator projects in the future. The company already has six more systems in the design stage as we speak!"
projectiondesign is a Norwegian company that designs, manufactures and markets a range of high performance projectors for professional, business and consumer applications. Amongst its core markets are high-resolution scientific visualization, visual training and simulation, medical imaging, broadcast and post production, public media and entertainment. Numerous industry milestones that distinguish projectiondesign's award winning, innovative technology include the introduction of the world's first single-chip SXGA DLP projector in 2002, the first commercially available 1080p DLP projector in 2006, the first WUXGA resolution DLP projector, and the first portable and high-resolution active 3D stereoscopic projector in 2008. In 2009, projectiondesign introduced its first 3-chip projector and debuted LED illumination. 2010 signified the company's first image warp and blend product with the Multi Image Processors, as well as the world premiere of the WQXGA resolution (2,560 x 1,600) projector, and revolutionary patented Remote Light Source technology. The entire professional product range is warranted for 24/7 usage. projectiondesign is located in Fredrikstad, Norway, with representatives in more than 20 offices throughout the world, and regional headquarters in New York and Beijing.
About RSI Visual Systems
Headquartered near the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, RSI Visual Systems provides complete turnkey visual systems solutions for both commercial and military flight-training environments. As the largest independent visual system supplier, RSI's products are designed for upgrading existing legacy visual systems as well as complete solutions for newly manufactured simulators.
About British Airways Flight Training
BAFT has 15 full flight simulators covering all the British Airways fleet of A320/B737/B747/B757/B767/B777 aircraft types. These JAA qualified simulators are used, in conjunction with the ground school, to provide BA and many other airlines around the world their necessary pilot recurrent and conversion training. Our aim is to ensure that we deliver the highest quality, cost effective, safe, leading edge aviation training environment.