This year, Alsim is looking back on a 25-year long journey together with their 250 clients who have more than 350 certified devices installed in over 50 countries over the world. The company will celebrate its 25th Anniversary on several occasions during the year.
When software engineer Jean-Paul Monnin and former Air France pilot Jérôme Binachon came up with the idea to develop and sell affordable state-of-the-art flight training devices back in 1994, they didn’t know that their new company–Alsim–would soon be counted among important manufacturers of fixed-base flight simulators.
The idea was to create a single generic device that could be used for different aircraft types while keeping the costs low so that even small flight schools could afford it. What followed was a long list of products year after year, starting with the introduction of TFT screens on simulators in 1997. At that time, the company says, Alsim was the first simulator manufacturer to use this technology in their devices.
As the airlines’ focus on multi-crew cooperation (MCC) became more stringent at the end of the last century, Alsim developed a device solely dedicated to give pilots more confidence and increase their competence in a multi-crew working environment. As a result, the company sold their first MCC trainer to Airways Formation in 1999. This device laid the foundation for all others that were yet to come. In the early 2000s, Diamond Aircraft was quickly becoming a new innovative player in the aviation training market. Alsim quickly reacted and was able to launch the AL42, an exact replica of the Diamond DA42 twin-engine training aircraft, as early as 2005. Since the Diamond twin was equipped with a glass cockpit, the next logical step was a Garmin trainer, which Alsim introduced in 2006. In 2007, the company discussed a new device that would be able to replicate 10 different aircraft models while offering training capabilities from PPL up to MCC/JOC – the new ALX was born and launched in 2008.
In early 2016, Alsim’s founding idea of creating affordable multi-purpose flight training devices resurged with another simulator – the AL250, a compact device reconfigurable for SEP/MEP training on the PPL, CPL and IR/ME level. One year later – in 2017 – Alsim relaunched their second type-specific device for a classic training aircraft, the Cessna 172 Skyhawk.
Alsim’s latest development that came out in 2018 is known as “The Airliner”. The device is a multi-purpose hybrid (B737/A320) designed to address medium to large ATOs’ needs for advanced MCC, APS MCC, JOC, LOFT and UPRT training as well as airline selection programs (preparation and skill tests).