VISUAL-SYSTEM Supplier Evans & Sutherland (E&S) have acquired training-device manufacturer Xionix Simulation in a move to expand its airline-training business.

Dallas, Texas-based Xionix will be operated as a separate unit within E&S' commercial-simulation business.

Salt Lake City, Utah-based E&S says that growing airline demand for visual-equipped flight-training devices prompted its move.

Xionix's products range from desktop systems, to flight-management-system (FMS) trainers, while E&S has developed the Liberty family of low-cost image generators.

"The combination of Xionix's low-cost, mid-level, training devices and E&S' economical entry-level visual system further enables E&S to move into the civil-training arena," says Stuart Anderson, general manager of the company's commercial-simulation business.

Xionix has an exclusive agreement with Honeywell, enabling it to use the avionics manufacturer's flight-management-computer hardware and software in personal-computer-based FMS trainers for a range of Airbus, Boeing, Fokker and McDonnell Douglas aircraft. Systems have been supplied to more than 20 airlines, according to E&S.

Source: Flight International