New-generation Flight Training Devices (FTDs) are increasingly valuable in today’s complex flight training environment.  

Advanced Flight Simulation Center


New-generation Flight Training Devices (FTDs) are increasingly valuable in today’s complex flight training environment. Simulators lower cost, improve safety, and have minimal impact on the environment.

To meet this growing need, Embry-Riddle continues to expand on the capabilities of its Advanced Flight Simulation Center. The center is home to an array of FAA-qualified Level 6 FTDs, as well as one FAA Level D Full-Flight Simulator (FFS) and a crosswind trainer.

Training aids found in our Advanced Flight Simulation Center enable our students to learn aircraft performance, practice Cockpit Resource Management (CRM), experience aerodynamic effects, and perform a variety of flight maneuvers in a safe, effective, and comfortable environment.

Advanced Simulation Center Advantages

As real as fixed simulation gets

To further enhance the training experience, each Level 6 FTD is installed with its own 220-degree “theater.” These theaters display satellite-based terrain visuals augmented by an extensive airport database developed at the Center by Embry-Riddle staff and students.

Our airport environments are strikingly realistic in their display of navigation aids, runways, taxiways, control towers, hangars, and lighting systems. Our flight instructors can adjust different environmental factors, such as darkness, hazardous weather, and operations within Class A and Class B airspace.

Being that our devices are part of a distributed simulation network, our student pilots can participate in group or fleet training. In this fleet mode, instructors and students are able to communicate across FTDs and observe each other’s aircraft on the panoramic displays and cockpit systems. In addition, our fleet mode includes live traffic depiction via Automated Dependant Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B).

Our Debriefing Stations allow students to watch and listen to a replay of their training session. This capability has proven to be helpful in a student pilot’s retention process.

More efficient time-on-task training

Another major advantage to simulation is that the instructor has the ability to instantly freeze a maneuver and return the aircraft to a set starting point. This allows a near-100 percent time-on-task training situation, which is not possible in the aircraft.

95 percent availability

Unlike the aircraft they replicate, FTDs do not require 100-hour inspections and maintenance. Our FTD fleet is experiencing a dispatch rate of more than 95 percent, so our student pilots receive the training they need when they need it.

Higher-quality training at a lower overall cost

Embry-Riddle operates under FAA Part 141. This, along with the flexible and conforming nature of our curriculum and the high training credit allowed by the Level 6 FTD qualification, allows us to offer the highest-quality university-level training at a surprisingly affordable price.

The largest, most advanced FTD fleet in collegiate aviation

With 11 state-of-the-art Level 6 Flight Training Devices, a Regional Jet Level D FFS and a crosswind trainer, no other collegiate flight training program can match the capabilities and variety of systems available to our students. Located within Embry-Riddle's Advanced Flight Simulation Center, our simulator/trainer "fleet" currently includes:

Frasca Cessna 172S Flight Training Device (FTD)

Embry-Riddle students use advanced Frasca Level 6 FTDs to sharpen skills they will demonstrate when flying the Cessna 172S Skyhawk aircraft. The FAA-certified, Level 6 FTDs feature aircraft-specific cockpits and aerodynamic modeling, as well as control loading. In addition, they are equipped with Garmin G1000 Integrated Cockpit Display systems to precisely replicate our fleet of single-engine aircraft.

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Frasca Diamond DA42-VI Flight Training Device (FTD)

With the same look, feel, and sounds of the airplane, the Frasca Level 6 DA42-VI FTDs enable our flight students to sharpen their skills safely and efficiently by engaging in the same multi- and single-engine maneuvers that they will be required to demonstrate in the aircraft. They are equipped with Garmin G1000 Integrated Cockpit Display systems to precisely replicate our fleet of multi-engine aircraft.

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Frasca Canadair CRJ-200 FAA Level 6 Flight Training Device (FTD)

The Frasca Level 6 CRJ-200 Flight Training Device (FTD) is an exact replica of the Canadair Regional Jet’s cockpit and serves as a perfect transitional training device for students preparing to move into our more sophisticated CRJ-200 Full Flight Simulator (FFS). Students become familiar with the airplane’s cockpit systems, while saving time and money in the lower-priced CRJ-200 FTD.

To maximize the training environment, our CRJ-200 FTD features Frasca’s 180-degree FVS-200 TX Image Generation system projected onto a SEOS Panorama collimated display. This provides our professional pilot candidates with a realistic, near-3D out-the-cockpit view. This level of realism allows students to experience regional jet operations at a variety of airports and weather conditions without ever leaving Daytona Beach.

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CRJ-200 Level D Full-Flight Simulator (FFS)

Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach is the only university in the U.S. that offers a new-generation FAA Level D CRJ-200 full-motion Full-Flight Simulator (FFS) to students enrolled in the Airline Pilot track of our Aeronautical Science degree program.

Upper-level students in the Airline Pilot track will use the CRJ-200 FFS to familiarize themselves with this popular aircraft type, as well as develop the specialized skills and knowledge they will need to earn a Restricted Air Transport Rating and ultimately land that coveted “right seat” with a regional airline.

The Level D, full-motion CRJ-200 simulator is specifically designed to meet that goal. It is the perfect environment for sharpening skills with Cockpit Resources Management (CRM), electronic flight management systems, advanced aeronautical decision-making, and high-speed, high-altitude turbofan aircraft systems operation.

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ETC GAT-II Spatial Disorientation Training Device

The Environmental Tectonics Corporation (ETC) GAT-II is a multi-functional training device that offers the combination of a photo-realistic terrain display and full three-axis motion. The GAT-II can support all phases of flight, including basic flight, instrument navigation, and spatial disorientation, including upset prevention and recovery training (UPRT).

It is the ideal trainer for students who want to quickly and safely sharpen their unusual attitude recovery skills in instrument conditions.

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Redbird Xwind SE Crosswind Trainer

Embry-Riddle’s advanced Redbird Xwind SE crosswind training/practice device enables our flight students to safely practice the proper approach and landing procedures for dealing with both steady crosswinds and strong wind gusts.

Providing both lateral and yaw motions, the ERAU Redbird Xwind SE gives students a true feeling of the impact of crosswind and gusts so that they can practice the eye-hand coordination necessary to land safely in crosswind conditions.

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