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Evans & Sutherland makes visual systems for flight simulators, a market that is growing as well as fiercely contested

Although it suffers badly from the peak/trough nature of the major aerospace industry, long-term prospects of the commercial simulator sector, in which a handful of companies compete fiercely against one another in both price and technology, continue to look good.

Trends that will push airlines and training establishments into signing up for new business with the manufacturers of near-virtual-reality aviation hardware and software include:

* Aircraft, engine and equipment makers' and users' optimistic forecasts of future airliner fleets needed to meet rising passenger numbers and to replace obsolete airplanes.

* The remarkable and unexpected longevity of some early-generation jetliners, leading to upgrading of existing simulator systems.

* The charge among Regional-airline operators toward 50-seat jets, bringing with it an upsurge in simulator training

* Booming civil aviation in China. …

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