Run-up

In January 2013 Ralph asked his former classmate Corjan, to help him build virtual instruments for a Eurocopter EC135 helicopter simulator. This started off by modifying open source software, but it quickly turned out that the result wasn’t sufficient. Corjan, a software engineer by profession, had some ideas on how it could be done in a better way. After a couple of months on development in the evening hours, Air Manager 1.0 was released on December 4th 2013.

Taxiing

In 2017 Corjan and Ralph decided to go from having Sim Innovations as a part time job working from home, to a full time job with an office in Amersfoort.

Various developments took place troughout the years. Like the addition of FSX, Prepar3D and MSFS support, the change from JavaFX to OpenGL (and later DirectX and Metal), the support for the Arduino and Raspberry Pi, and the addition of the Knobster.

Take-off

Today Sim Innovations software is being used by thousands of people all over the globe. From those who see flight simulation as a game, to private and commercial pilots using it as a professional training aid to improve their flying skills.

Sim Innovations is always striving to be approachable and stay in contact with their users, listening to their suggestions on improvements, bug reports and critique. Many users have become intrigued about what they can do with the software, or as they sometimes call it ‘being bitten by the Air Manager bug’.

Corjan van Hamersveld

Corjan van Hamersveld

Software engineer & owner

Corjan is a seasoned programmer with experience dating back to the early days of the Commodore 64. Specializing in Java and C, he loves the challenges of new technology and mastering new programming languages.

Ralph Rietveld

Ralph Rietveld

Hardware engineer & owner

Ralph became a commercial helicopter pilot in 2010, and soon had a vision to combine his passion for aviation & simulation with his passion for electronics. Expertise as a hardware engineer specializing in printed circuit board design rounds out his qualifications.

Marko Tibold

Marko Tibold

Software engineer

A skillful software engineer and web developer. Marko works as back-end developer and all round programmer. Specialized in Python and Django, but not shy of languages like C and C++.

Jasper

Jasper

Software engineer

A professional programmer and all around expert on most any technical issue, Jasper is usually the go-to-guy when the problem seems unsolvable. Not clouded by a love for flight and simulators like the rest of us, he usually offers the pragmatic balance our team needs.