The FAA has approved the Alsim AL40 simulator as an Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD).

The AL40 is an exact replica of a new Diamond DA40 NG aircraft equipped with a real Garmin G1000 NXi avionics suite. In the United States, Alsim’s AL40 is currently operated by the Aspen Flight Academy in Colorado, which offers every Aspen High School student the chance to experience flight and learn about careers in aviation.

Dr Scott Firsing of the Alsim North America team said: “Having the AATD approval for the AL40 now means student pilots in America can log respectively up to 20 hours and 50 towards their instrument rating and CPL certificate. Moreover, with the current higher prices for aircraft, fuel, insurance and most aviation related items, a high-fidelity simulator with real Garmin avionics, immersive visuals and an authentic force feedback system makes the AL40 a must-have business and training item.”

Over the years, the Alsim AL40 and AL42 have been delivered to flight training organizations around the world including the Airbus Academy, Skyborne, Leading Edge Aviation and the Polish Air Force.