URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — A local company just won the biggest contract it’s ever landed.
Frasca International has a huge new job building helicopter simulators for the Navy. Over the next 22 months, the company will finish and deliver ten simulators.
The contract is worth $73 million. A Colorado company, FlightSafety Services Corporation, won that contract. Frasca International will act as subcontractors.
FlightSafety will train the pilots. The simulators will help train pilots who are just learning to fly helicopters.
The CEO says most of Frasca’s 150 employees will be involved. He says they’re pretty well staffed to handle the project, but will hire in a few specific areas.
The project manager says this is the biggest contract Frasca has ever had in its 60-year history. He adds the simulators the Navy uses now are about 30-years old. It limits what pilots can train for.
The new simulators from Frasca will allow the Navy to practice landing on ships, flying at night and navigating emergency situations.
Frasca International has been making flight simulators since it opened. In addition to the Navy, it’s made simulators for aviation schools and airlines as well.