Today’s commercial aviation operators are looking for cost effective, high-fidelity and stable solutions for visual displays. The brand new Boeing 777 full-flight simulator (FFS) being manufactured by L-3 Link Simulation & Training UK (L-3 Link UK) at its Crawley, UK facility, uses the very latest projectiondesign® FL35 projectors integrated with RSI Visual Systems’ XT4 Image Generators and meets the stringent requirements of Level D Certification.

The FL35 from projectiondesign uses no lamp or consumables and is designed to create the world’s most stunning image at a pixel precision of 2560 × 1600. With its 2nd generation LED illumination system, the FL35 shows the picture at double the resolution and at 50% higher brightness than any other LED-illuminated projector with a typical 100,000 hours lifetime of the LED light source.

“L-3 Link UK asked RSI Visual Systems to provide a visual system that was fully compliant and the most cost effective solution. As an integrator of visual systems, RSI has found a lot of interest in using LED-based DLP® projectors. This is mainly down to their superior picture quality, low cost of ownership, and stability of image. Once fully calibrated, the LED projection system does not need to be touched for another 9-12 months,” said Ralph Baker, Director, European Business at RSI Visual Systems.

“For this project, what is a real benefit is that three FL35 projectors illuminate 12 million pixels, which enables the RSI XT4 Image Generator to produce a field of view of 200 by 45 degrees collimated display. The increased vertical FOV is in the lower half of the screen and is particularly useful for pilot training when practicing circling approaches.”

The projectors utilize adjustable SRP™ smear reduction processing. “The smearing is significantly reduced, thus enabling pilots to read signboards when they are turning on the ground at a greater distance than they would on other types of projectors,” explains Baker.

projectiondesign is a Norwegian company that designs, manufactures and markets a range of high performance projectors for professional, business and consumer applications. Among its core markets are high-resolution scientific visualization, visual training and simulation, medical imaging, broadcast and post production, public media and entertainment. projectiondesign introduced the world's first single-chip SXGA DLP projector in 2002, the first commercially available 1080p DLP projector in 2006, the first WUXGA resolution DLP projector, and the first portable and high-resolution active 3D stereoscopic projector in 2008. In 2009, projectiondesign introduced its first 3-chip projector and debuted LED illumination. 2010 signified the company's first image warp and blend product with the Multi Image Processors, as well as the world premiere of the WQXGA resolution (2,560 × 1,600) projector, and patented Remote Light Source technology.

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