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Air Sim Begins Operations

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February 17, 2012

Melvin Nimer announced the establishment and opening of a new and unique venture – Air Sim Corp, Your Source for ATC Communication Training. Air Sim will began operations at its new offices in the Kibbie Executive Terminal Building, 337 N 2370 W, Ste 222, in January, 2012.

Air Sim Corp provides radio communication training facilities for student pilots of all levels, through contracts with the various flight schools throughout the Wasatch Front, and eventually into all of the ZLC ARTCC airspace. Air Sim’s training lab is unique in the flight training world. It will allow student pilots, with their instructors sitting right next to them just like in a real airplane, the ability to practice all of their flying skills including ground taxiing, takeoffs and landings, and cross country VFR and IFR flying, all while communicating with professionally trained air traffic controllers who will be monitoring all flights, including those of non-student commercial and GA flights in the area, on radar screens connected to the flight school’s simulators.

“At present there are no other similar services available to flight schools anywhere in the country that we know of,” according to Nimer. “While many flight schools have some instructors pretending to be air traffic controllers talking with students through intercoms or through such online communication programs as Teamspeak, no one else utilizes the network communication and radar capabilities that Air Sim Corp will be using. What we can provide is the most realistic scenario-based training experience available for student pilots to date.”

One of the biggest fears of all student pilots, and many licensed pilots, is how to communicate correctly with the air traffic controllers. It is especially important in the busy airspace around the Salt Lake International Airport, but it is also critical for instrument flights throughout the U.S. airspace. The Air Sim lab will be able to provide online training for students in the safety of a simulator before they get in the real plane thus helping to eliminate the fear of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time to the real world controllers once they get in the airplane.

Air Sim Corp is able to provide this unique type of training lab through the use of special communication software that has been developed by the owners of PilotEdge.net. Controllers will be sitting at their own computers with special radar client software that enables them to see the airspace they are controlling the same way real air traffic controllers do. All simulators connected to the private network controlled by Air Sim will show up on the radar screens of the controllers, and the students will be communicating with the controllers through their regular aviation headsets plugged into the simulators. Controllers will be giving the pilots the same type of instructions that the real controllers would, whether the pilot is taxing around the airport, waiting for a takeoff clearance, being vectored through the busy KSLC Class Bravo airspace, or on a long cross country flight. Students will be required to respond to all controller communications just as they do in the real airplanes, and any errors will need to be corrected as well.

Air Sim Corp will first be working with Cornerstone Aviation students at both their Salt Lake and Ogden facilities. According to Susan Hortsman, CEO of Cornerstone Aviation, “We are very excited to put the ATC communications training program into our ground school curriculum. I am finalizing the documentation that will include this service as a lab section of the ground school for all of our private pilot students. We anticipate regular, if not daily, use of the simulator by not only students in our Salt Lake and Ogden flight schools, but also many of the students and regular pilots that fly with Cornerstone Aviation. This also includes many of the students at SLCC.” Eventually this will also include all instrument and commercial students as well, and will be made available to all flight schools in the area.

For more information please contact Melvin Nimer at 801-657-5311 or online at mel@airsimcorp.com. Or visit  www.airsimcorp.com.
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