FAA Level D Commercial Simulation Package

The package presented here includes hardware, software, aircraft-specific model1, customer training and support. Also available is an optional full audio hardware peripherals package including amplifiers and speakers. This ASTi system provides a truly complete solution at a price-to-performance mark offering exceptional value.

What's in the box?

Our Level D sound and communications solution includes the following:

  • Target 2U rackmount, dual core processor, running the ASTiOS (Linux-based) audio processor
  • Studio Development workstation running ACE software
  • ACENet (Ethernet-based) power amplification for up to 16 independent loudspeaker channels
  • ACENet audio distribution modules for up to 20 independent communications audio channels (All channels are bi-directional, giving 20 inputs and 20 outputs.)
  • Baseline software model to reflect aircraft type, per customer supplied data package (A data package must be provided--even for existing ASTi models--for licensing considerations.)
  • Host interface ICD customized to aircraft type
  • ASTi standard QTG documentation package customized to aircraft type and supplied data
  • Training package including 5 days working at ASTi
  • 40 hours of technical support
  • Optional sound hardware package including communications headsets, handmics, comm loudspeakers, and environmental cue loudspeakers
  • Optional internal Level D certification kit including measurement class microphone, spectral analysis ACE software package, and eQTG plot generation (highly recommended)
  • Alternate option of non-integrated Level D certification kit including B&K Sound Analyzer, laptop computer, and required software

Also available are sound-only and communications-only packages. Follow-on devices (same data package, same system configuration) are priced “system only”.

Although presented as a “bundled package”, we are flexible; variations are priced per our standard price list. We can also offer full service engineering support for the analysis of Level D data and site support through FAA acceptance testing.

Core Product Capabilities and Features

The heart of the system is the Target processor providing audio modeling at sample rates of 48kHz at 16-bit resolution. Using the ACE object-oriented graphic modeling environment, coupled with the ability to build custom components to represent common modeling elements, the system provides a great deal of flexibility to both generate and tune the model to meet Level D requirements.

This graph presents a Level D Spectral Plot (1/3 octave) comparing an ASTi model (red) to original aircraft data (gray). It is from an actual Level D program (Boeing 737NG) and shows the comparison of actual aircraft data to the ASTi model for a test case condition of initial approach.

Key features of the architecture include:

  • Target runs all modeling and audio processing.
  • ACENet audio distribution architecture utilizing an Ethernet backbone, supports channel counts in the hundreds, if required.
  • Power amplifiers connect directly to ACENet eliminating analog audio cabling.
  • ACUs provide direct support for headsets, handmics, and oxygen masks, including software controlled gain and mic-power.
  • Every ACE channel includes audio in and out, in addition to 3 channels of discrete input I/O for direct sensing of press-to-talk (PTT) switches, ensuring optimization of latency for crucial control inputs.

The modeling features include:

  • Basic and composite audio synthesis (from simple wave shapes to complex engine and composite objects)
  • Soundfile replay including seamless complex loop capability (used for rotating machinery sounds that have run-up, running, and rundown components)
  • Full digital signal mixing and dynamic filtering
  • Simple host interface generation and internal type casting throughout the modeling environment
  • Inline function generation
  • Other supporting product features include remote system monitoring and control via the ASTi Remote Management System (RMS) allowing any PC connected to the Target network to integrate many of the system pages using a standard web browser. Development Workstation for model development and tuning, and may be remotely accessed using an X Window System client from a laptop to allow on-board realtime tuning to be carried out with minimal on-board hardware.

    1 Assumes standard-format, customer-supplied data package and audio recordings made available to ASTi.