Alsim has announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the Alsim AL172 simulator as an Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD).

The AL172 is an exact replica of a Cessna 172SP Skyhawk NAV III aircraft equipped with the Garmin G1000 NXi avionics suite. Since its launch in late 2017, the AL172 has been delivered and certified to universities and flight training organizations around the world. In the United States, Alsim’s AL172 is operated by Cirrus Aviation and Paragon Flight Training: both Liberty University flight training affiliates. Among others, Kent State University ordered two AL172s to be installed in August 2019 at its new FedEx-sponsored Aeronautics Academic Center.

Mickael Herard, product manager and head of the Alsim Certification Team says, “Having the AATD approval for the AL172 now means student pilots in America can log respectively up to 20 hours and 50 towards their instrument rating and CPL certificate. The AL172 is built to FTD Level 5 specifications, which allows for more tasks to be completed in the simulator such as certain proficiency checks.”

 “Having an exact replica of a brand-new Cessna 172 Skyhawk with real Garmin avionics, high-fidelity visuals and authentic force feedback makes the AL172 a must have business and training item for Cessna 172 operators. Not only does it help with a range of the most basic PPL training to instruments and more advanced emergency procedures, it also cuts the down time and costs required in the actual aircraft. In the end, it means better training and both the student and airplane owner saving money," says Dr. Scott Firsing of the Alsim North America office in Texas.