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Unique flight simulator company sees demand take off.

An innovative new Welsh business which specialises in the manufacture of Boeing 737 replica cockpit parts has been attracting huge amounts of interest from around the world. Cardiff-based Cockpit Sim Parts Ltd sells parts to the UK, USA, Belgium, Holland and Germany, and has a growing customer base.

The company is run by Bassam Al-Hamadani who set up the business in December 2012 with the help of Business in Focus through the Welsh Government Business Start-up programme. Mr Al-Hamadani, who has a background in electronics, says the business started off in 2010, initially as a hobby, which involved building a cockpit in his spare time. Having caught the bug, and realising the potential, Mr Al-Hamadani spent the next two years turning his hobby into what is fast becoming a highly lucrative business.

Cockpit Sim Parts Ltd is the only company of its kind in Wales and one of only three in the UK. Mr Al-Hamadani explained: "We hand-make all parts from scratch on site with only a few electronics bought in. The parts are produced to exact size requirements and specs with Boeing 737 our particular specialism. The finished articles are designed to look identical to the real cockpit parts and are sold at affordable prices."

With flight simulators becoming popular with enthusiasts and a growing market developing for training purposes, the company is planning to expand into manufacturing complete flight simulators like the impressive model currently on display at its Cardiff premises.

Pending a successful funding application to Cardiff Council, Cockpit Sim Parts is hoping to buy specialist laser machines which will speed up production and more than double output. The company is currently looking for larger premises and is planning to recruit three staff to help it cope with demand. The range of cockpit sim parts is available to buy online at www.cockpitsimparts.co.uk Business in Focus can be contacted at www.businessinfocus.co.uk

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From left: Bassam Al-Hamadani, Cockpit Sim Parts Ltd, sits at the controls of his unique Boeing 737 flight simulator, with Gareth Evans, Business in Focus Picture: Patrick

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:May 8, 2013
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