Northwest Aerospace Training (NATCO), the training arm of Northwest Airlines, is to upgrade the visual systems on eight of its full flight simulators.

NATCO, based at Eagan, Minnesota, has awarded Evans & Sutherland (E&S) a contract for nine ESIG-3350 visual systems - eight of them to upgrade Airbus A320, Boeing 757 and 747 and McDonnell Douglas DC-9 and DC-10 simulators, and one to equip an A320 machine which it has on order.

NATCO has embarked on a major programme to upgrade and standardise its flight simulators to increase the reliability and reduce the training time lost to maintenance. Clearwater, Florida-based Opinicus is performing much of the work.

The visual upgrade for each simulator involved includes a combination of image generation, projection and/or display products, according to E&S.

The system includes the Salt Lake City, Utah-based company's ESCP-2000 digital raster/calligraphic projector.

Source: Flight International