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Air and Space Friend
In 1958, Rudy Frasca founded Frasca International, Inc. for the purpose of providing the international aviation community with realistic, affordable, high-quality flight training devices. Full Flight Simulators, Flight Training Devices, Instrument Procedures Trainers, and Cockpit Procedures Trainers are manufactured for commercial, business, general, and military aviation organizations worldwide. Rudy Frasca's reputation as a leader in the flight simulation industry is a direct result of his far-sighted vision and fascination with the challenge of improving the way in which pilots are trained. It is no exaggeration to say that because of Rudy Frasca, thousands of pilots have learned to fly more safely and proficiently with the help of Frasca simulators. Few individuals have had that kind of impact in the world of aviation.
Rudy Frasca is active in many areas of aviation has received numerous awards both for his personal efforts and for Frasca International's success in the simulation industry. Among these awards are the Illinois High Tech Entrepreneur award; "Lifetime Patron and Fellow" award from the University Aviation Association; W.W. Estridge, Jr. award by the UAA in recognition of a lifetime of dedicated service to general aviation education; and the Charles Lindberg Award for outstanding corporate support, school partnerships, continuous and generous outreach and superb national leadership in and for the magnet schools of America.
He is an inductee into the Chanute Air Force Hall of Fame for lifetime support to Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Illinois. He has also received the Governors award for Continuing Export Excellence in the State of Illinois; and is on the Illinois Aviation Honor Roll for outstanding contribution to the promotion and advancement of aviation in the State of Illinois. He received recognition by the Warbirds of America for his outstanding contributions to the Warbird movement and excellence in Air Show Flying, and has held every office in the Warbirds of America organization.
He has been a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association since 1956 and has loaned several of his aircraft to the EAA museum so that the general public can enjoy them.