Alion Visual System installed on FAA Level C-certified Flight Simulator; Technology Solutions Firm Provides PC-Based Flight Simulation System That Reduces Life-Cycle Costs While Meeting FAA Certification Standards
MCLEAN, Va. — Alion Science and Technology today announced that its CATI Simulation Operation has completed a visual system upgrade on a B747-200 Flight Simulator that was certified to Level C standards by the FAA on June 29. The simulator is operated at a major airline training center in Denver, CO.
Built on Alion’s X-100(TM) Image Generator, the visual system is capable of meeting proposed FAA/JAA Level C/D standards for realism and detail, which are more stringent than current requirements. The system eliminates the need for expensive calligraphic lights to meet those standards.
According to Rae Dehncke, Alion Vice President, the X-100 solution offers significant advantages to pilot training centers, as it is both highly accurate and cost-effective. “Delivering these features on a PC platform means that acquisition and ownership costs can be dramatically reduced,” Dehncke said. “Just as important, merging the X-100 architecture with raster lighting, state of the art projection equipment and precision satellite imagery provides maximum performance, so it really is the best of both worlds.”
Dehncke said that accuracy and long-term affordability are crucial to a successful training program. “Pilots need to train in the most realistic environment possible. When they look out of the simulated window, they need to see buildings, terrain and environments that precisely replicate what they would see on approach to an airfield,” he explained. “The combination of highly accurate terrain databases and image generators that present true-to-life lighting, environmental conditions and textures can make training much more effective.”
New Technologies for Greater Realism, Lower Cost
The combination of new hardware and software technologies has resulted in greater resolution, brightness and contrast ratios that supports the light point brightness required for FAA/JAA Level C/D certification without expensive calligraphic lights.
In addition, improvements in database development techniques, significantly larger data storage capabilities and the employment of what Alion calls “micro textures” allow for the creation of high detail, photo-realistic visual scenes that enhance realism for both enroute and airfield operations.
About Alion Science and Technology
Alion Science and Technology is an employee-owned technology solutions company delivering technical expertise and operational support to the Department of Defense, civilian government agencies and commercial customers. Alion’s CATI Simulation Operation develops and implements advanced image generation systems built on its highly-regarded X-IG/X-100 image generator system.
Building on 70 years of R&D and advanced engineering experience, Alion brings innovation and insight to multiple business areas: defense operations; modeling & simulation; wireless communication; industrial technology; chemical, biological, nuclear & environmental sciences; information technology; and naval architecture & marine engineering. Based in McLean, Virginia, Alion has more than 3700 employee-owners at major offices, customer sites and laboratories worldwide. For more information, call 877.771.6252 or visit Alion online at www.alionscience.com.
This press release contains information about management’s view of Alion’s future expectations, plans and prospects that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of risk factors and uncertainties discussed in documents periodically filed by Alion with the SEC. Due to such uncertainties and risks, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.
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