Rudy Frasca, 89, was the founder of Frasca International and a leader in the flight simulator industry. His legacy as a flight simulation engineer lives on at Embry-Riddle, where students continue to learn by using Frasca simulators.
“I had the pleasure of knowing Rudy for nearly 35 years. He was a charismatic and innovative giant in aviation, and his contributions to pilot training have been profound. The Frasca name is synonymous with general aviation simulation,” says Daytona Beach Campus College of Aviation Dean Alan Stolzer.
An avid pilot, Frasca was an instructor in the U.S. Navy, then attended the University of Illinois, where he researched aviation psychology and maintained simulators at the university’s aviation research lab, according to his Champaign, Illinois, News-Gazette obituary. After building his own flight simulator in his garage, he founded Frasca Aviation in 1958, which was later renamed Frasca International.