MCLEAN, Va., 20 July 2006. Alion Science and Technology's 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, Colo.
Built on Alion's X-100 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.
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.