After 23 years in the global aviation market, Alsim recently opened a new sales office in Austin, TX. The new US presence includes nationwide support to better serve customers in the United States and surrounding countries.
Alsim, headquartered in Nantes, France, produces a range of FAA certified simulators for flight schools and universities that allow student pilots to earn hours towards their licenses and ratings in a realistic training environment. Alsim's devices include an exact replica of a Diamond 42, and a generic simulator with 10 flight models ranging from a single engine piston aircraft to a medium jet. Their newest product, the AL250, is a compact, cost effective, and state of the art single pilot simulator focused on your piston aircraft. It was developed with small to medium size flight training institutions in mind. It's called the AL250 because of its superb visual system with a 250-degree wide viewing angle.
Alsim chose Austin as its new US home for a number of obvious reasons including its growth, technology focus, and being an overall great place to live. However, what many people don’t know, according to Alsim’s new US Sales and Business Development Head, Dr. Scott Firsing, is that “one of Austin’s sister cities is Angers, France, located close to Alsim’s headquarters, a region with 70 multinational corporations.” ‘
“Our clients have trained pilots for British Airways, Emirates, Lufthansa and many others, and as a truly global company, you have to be physically present in America full time,” said Scott.
Scott is helping to lead this new charge into America and beyond. With a background in both the university environment as a professor, and working in the general aviation and military spheres, he is excited about what Alsim’s future holds.
“This is an thrilling time in the company’s history. Our sales are at an all-time high, which means we are supplying the right flight training solutions. Moreover, our clients are continuously upgrading and purchasing new Alsim products thanks to our family-like customer service and the superior quality of our simulators. We have outstanding people on our team that produce great, reliable products.”
Part of this expected growth is due to an expanding product range at the request of Alsim’s clients, as well as market demand. Scott explains that Alsim is now “taking orders for the AL172, an exact replica of the infamous Cessna 172. We are also developing our largest most sophisticated simulator to date known internally as the ALX Airline.” Scott couldn’t go into more details, but he is clearly excited about it.
Although Alsim’s US office is new, the company is no stranger to North America. According to Scott, “Alsim has been present in the United States for some time now, and many of our customers like Eastern Kentucky University have been operating our devices for over 8, 10, 12 years or more. We have an even larger footprint in Canada and also work with the InterAmerican University in Puerto Rico.”
This is Alsim’s first time attending and exhibiting at EAA Airventure Oshkosh. “What better place to announce to America that we are here than at Oshkosh,” said Ms. Elise Peterson, Alsim’s US Marketing and Communication Manager, who is a Wisconsin native. “Come see us and say hello, we can't wait to meet you.” [ home ]