12.09.11

BA seal of approval for projectiondesign’s FL32

British Airways has approved projectiondesign’s FL32 solid-state ReaLED DLP projector for use in Level D full-flight simulators.

RSI Visual Systems, BA’s systems integration partner, recommended the FL32 and the airline took delivery of three models in May.

Michael Freeman, managing director of RSI, said: “BA had been using LCoS projectors for showing what we call ‘Out The Window’ (OTW) content in its full-flight simulators. We were tasked with finding an alternative projector and then integrating it into the existing RSI XT-64 visual systems, with minimal impact on BA’s pilot training schedule.

“We believed that the FL32 would address a number of the issues that BA had with its previous projector. Standard deliverable LCoS projectors are essentially ‘consumer’ products modified for use in flight simulation. BA found that frequent lamp changes, along with regular set ups, are a fundamental requirement of LCoS projectors to maintain consistent image quality.

“By comparison, the FL32 is designed from the ground up to be a professional-quality product that is manufactured for industrial use. Its LED light source means there is no requirement to replace a lamp and the day-to-day maintenance required is minimal. The projector also easily meets the minimum resolution, highlight brightness and black level requirements for Level D qualification, which is currently the most stringent standard for full-flight simulation systems.”

After passing its initial seven-day Level D qualification regulatory testing, the FL32 projectors have now completed an extended 90-day trial.

Freeman added: “Our customers trust us to find the right solution, so it was very important to us that projectiondesign was able to make adjustments to the black level and luminance of the FL32 before we took delivery. They continued to support us through the on-site installation and integration with the existing simulator systems, and we receive ongoing support from them whenever we need it.”