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CAE Achieves Industry First with Level D Certification of 3.2 MPixel LCoS System

Nov. 26, 2007, Montreal, Que. – CAE announced today that its CAE Tropos™-6000 visual system and 3.2 megapixel (MPixel) Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS) projectors have obtained Level D certification.


November 26, 2007
By Carey Fredericks

Nov. 26, 2007, Montreal, Que. – CAE announced today that its CAE Tropos™-6000 visual system and 3.2 megapixel (MPixel) Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS) projectors have obtained Level D certification on a CAE-built Airbus A320 full-flight simulator (FFS) for Air France. This Level D certification, the highest available for a FFS, is an industry first for this resolution of high-performance fixed-matrix LCoS projectors.

The CAE-built A320 FFS, currently installed and now ready for training at Air France’s training centre in Paris, was certified by the DGAC, France’s civil aviation authority. 

“Air France is pleased with the high performance capabilities of CAE’s new visual solution, including the CAE Tropos-6000 image generator and LCoS projectors,” said Serge Gourlaouen, Air France’s Deputy Vice-President, Flight Crew Training Center. “The total solution provides improved visual cueing while lowering our total cost of ownership.”

The CAE Tropos-6000 visual system enables highly realistic immersive environment simulation, including sophisticated weather modelling, database content and flight training features. The SIM 7C LCoS projectors are supplied by Barco and specially optimized for CAE to improve cueing in flight simulator training. The SIM 7C projectors feature a resolution of 3.2 MPixel, which is over 50 percent higher than conventional high definition (HD) systems.  CAE’s next-generation visual solution features unprecedented image brightness, resolution and contrast, and includes special capabilities to minimize smearing, a common artifact with fixed-matrix projectors.

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“This is truly breakthrough visual technology for aircrew training,” said Marc Parent, CAE’s Group President, Simulation Products and Military Training & Services.  “It combines the best of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) components such as the latest computer graphics hardware and advances in fixed-matrix projection technology, all optimized for aircrew training.  Our strategy is to combine these advances with cost-effective database content services and interactive air traffic control (ATC) simulation to improve training effectiveness and aviation safety.”

Last month, CAE launched its database content service called CAE True™ Airport, which is an annual subscription-based service designed to keep customers’ visual databases current with constantly changing airport environments. During the summer, CAE introduced CAE True™ Environment, a new feature in its FFSs and flight training devices offering a dynamic and comprehensive ATC environment.