ALSIM sold an AL172 simulator to Paragon Flight Training in Fort Myers, Florida. The AL172 is an exact replica of the Cessna 172 SP Skyhawk NAVIII. It features real Garmin G1000 NXI avionics and is equipped with the Alsim High Definition Visual System (HDVS).
The HDVS lets the AL172 provide students with the sense of motion in a fixed-base device. Alsim says this immersion and depth perception allows the simulator to be used for even the most basic PPL training, in addition to instrument and other flight training.
“My team and I knew we wanted an exact replica of a new C172 with a real NXI. Over the past year, I spoke to and tested flight training devices from multiple simulator manufacturers. When asked to perform 90-degree bank right during my Alsim flight demo, I felt so immersed the first thing I did was look out the window for traffic,” says Chris Schoensee, President of Paragon.
The AL172 simulator will complement Paragon’s standardized fleet of Cessna C172 technically advanced aircraft (TAA) all of which are equipped with Garmin G1000 avionics. Paragon, a FAA approved Part 141 flight school, specializes in recreational and commercial pilot programs for both domestic and international students. In addition, Paragon is a VA approved training provider and offers a degree program with federal funding though their partnership with Liberty University’s School of Aeronautics. Being a FTD Level 5 device, it will be used extensively in these two programs to increase student proficiency and reduce overall cost to the student.