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Above is Zulu Time!!
I started my company called: www.simbuilder.be, on April 1, 2004. This happend after a discussion at a simulator forum with a couple guy's about the price of simulator parts, to be used by regular peoples with regular job's like you and I, and who are busy with a home project. After some snooping around on the net I was amazed and disappointed to admit that they were wright about the price. At first I started with the idea of a business in cheap simulator parts, but soon it was clear that this combination is the impossible one! Dees parts are such high value parts that we started first with aviation gadgets. With simulator parts to follow at a later stage maybe, when the business is booming enough and we can invest in a assorment of Sim parts. But that's not gone be soon.
Why start a company at that exact moment? Ain't it better to wait untill we have enouph money to buy and sell Sim parts? NO!
Why? Well, at the beginning of 2004 the Belgian Goverment stated during an interview on the news, that the nightflights at Brussels National Airport had to come to a stop, meaning that DHL World Wide Express was forced to leave Zaventem for good. This meant, DHL being my employer, I was about to loose my job. And maybe the chance, and financial input, to be able having a firm of my own, ever! Oké, I admit I overestimated the start-up cost from a firm. Now my firm has survived the moving from DHL to Liepzig on March 31, 2008. Asta la Vista, DHL! In the meantime I chanced jobs, and are still an airplane engineer, now for VLM Airlines near my home!
So, Simbuilder started in fact with only myself. I was busy with the start up of the business, oké maybe a rash decision. At first I did it all on my own, buying stock, delivery's, making reservations at meetings, building the infosite, etc. But this was to much work for one man alone. Shortly after I got married, my wife also participated in what now became our firm, and we both are busy making a success of our firm and we make a great team! I'm still take care of organizing the visits at airshows and meetings, which by the way, we're both attending at. Now she took care of the bookkeeping preparations, which was a huge lift of my shoulders.
All of this I did as a second profession, besides my main job working as an airplane mechanic. Yes sir, I been busy within aviation now for over 11 years now on the real stuff, and I like it a lot, well I actually still love it!I started in aviation on May 6, 1996 at European Air Transport, since July 1, 2007 I work at VLM Airlines on the Fokker 50.
See you all soon at your next visit!
Over and out!
Article last modified on 11/07/2018