Visual Simulation Platform offers over 27,000 airports.

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Available for simulators running Mantis real-time scene management and image generation software, Global Airports allows users to fly and operate from almost any airfield without modeling or custom scenario preparation. Airports are added to database on-the-fly as pilots navigate and train worldwide on Mantis. Many Global Airports include runways at correct location and orientation, with identifier markings; taxiways, taxiway signs, and runway distance remaining signs; and visual approach aids.



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Quantum3D Announces Global Airports Capability for Mantis



The industry's most scalable visual simulation platform now offers over 27,000 airports together with its worldwide visual database



ORLANDO, Fla., -- I/ITSEC Booth # 2000 -- Quantum3D, Inc., a leading provider of visual computing solutions for government and commercial applications, today announced a dramatic leap forward in simulated global airport coverage with an inventory of over 27,000 airfields now available for simulators running Mantis. Mantis is Quantum3D's award-winning real-time scene management and image generation software, already in use for training of thousands of pilots worldwide.



Responding to the need for more flexible and spontaneous pilot training scenarios, Quantum3D's Global Airports allows you to fly to and operate from almost any airfield on Earth without the need for time-consuming modeling or custom scenario preparation. These airports are added to the database "on-the-fly" as pilots navigate and train worldwide on Mantis. Many of the airfields provided in its vast library are already in sufficient detail to satisfy FAA Level D Class II training.



Many of the 27,000 Global Airports include:



--  Runways at correct location and orientation, with identifier markings

--  Taxiways, taxiway signs, and runway distance remaining signs

--  Approach lighting systems, runway and taxiway light points

--  Visual approach aids (VASI and PAPI)

--  ... and more



Additionally, Global Airports gives users the ability to easily add airfields, or to modify and enrich airfields already in the library without having to recompile the visual database.



"Mantis dynamically creates and merges airfield geometry at runtime so there is no need to recompile or regenerate existing terrain in the visual database. Our customers can now create new airfields as simply as editing a text file," said Jan Bjernfalk, vp of products, Quantum3D. "Mantis is the only fully scalable IG platform that scales with user's needs from a single channel desktop trainer up to a large 30+ channel full-motion simulator while running the same software and visual content across all simulation environments."



Mantis is available on a wide range of platforms including off-the shelf PCs running Windows or Linux, and Independence® IDX-series Image Generators. The Global Airports feature with 27,000 airports is available today as part of the RunwayFX plug-in for Mantis.



Quantum3D will be demonstrating Mantis this week, including the new Global Airports feature, in its booth (#2000) at the I/ITSEC conference held in the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida during December 1-4.



About Quantum3D

Quantum3D, Inc. is a leading developer and manufacturer of Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) open-architecture real-time visual computing solutions. Quantum3D combines the most advanced hardware and software systems for graphics simulation in a variety of markets and implementations -- flight simulation; land and other vehicle training; synthetic environments and construction tools; sensor simulation; and other COTS-based solutions. Quantum3D is a privately-held company headquartered in San Jose, California.



For more information about Quantum3D real-time visual computing solutions, please visit www.quantum3d.com.



Quantum3D, the Quantum3D logo, Independence, and Mantis are registered trademarks of Quantum3D. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.



CONTACT: Scott MacDougall, 408.600.2562, pr@quantum3d.com

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