The ATC-510 Personal Flight Simulator was invented by Joseph E. Sidoti, president of Analog Training Computers, Inc. From the outset, the company provided units to the FAA for evaluation and donated the use of ATC-510 simulators for Safety Seminars that promoted instrument flight training. As word of this remarkable new training device spread, the company’s initial production runs were quickly sold out.
To satisfy demand, Analog Training Computers, Inc. entered into an agreement with Electronic Associates, Inc., whereby Electronic Associates Inc. would manufacture the simulators, while Mr. Sidoti retained the marketing rights of the product. The ATC-510 Personal Flight Simulator went on to sell more than 3000 units in its first year of manufacture, and was universally accepted as the most valuable flight training simulator available.
The ATC-510 was a significant achievement in the advancement of General Aviation pilot training and Mr. Sidoti has been recognized by numerous organizations including the Flying Physicians Association, the Civil Air Patrol and the Federal Aviation Administration for his contributions to Aviation Safety. In 1976 the Smithsonian Institute purchased an ATC-510 for the National Air and Space Museum in order to preserve the Flight Simulator as an important piece of General Aviation History.