In late 1982, when the Apple II was the leading personal computer, a director of training for a large FAR 135 operation began to see the potential for using personal computers to deliver certain elements of aviation for pilots. Soon, in partnership with a successful businessman, a new corporation, Computer Training Systems, better known as CTS, was born. Perhaps it was prophetic that at the end of 1982, Time Magazine elected the personal computer as the "Man of the Year". The fledgling company attracted dedicated pilot trainers, a virtual computer software and hardware genius and support personnel. When forming the goals of the new company, CTS decided that the training produced must be engaging, relevant, comprehensive, and above all, affordable to customers. Ease of use, timely updates, unmatched technical support and integrated record keeping were also thought to be essential as the first programs were designed.
Along with a number of "Fortune 500" aviation departments, after having viewed a computer-based training demonstration of CTS capabilities, the IBM flight department became one of our early customers. Within two years after its birth, it became evident that the IBM PC was to become the standard for personal computing. CTS approached the task of converting its software with the same spirit of dedication with which it was born.
We soon began to make a mark as the only company to provide corporate and charter operators with a complete computer-based aviation training package. Now, almost a quarter century later, having produced hundreds of aviation general subjects training programs and more than 205 specific aircraft training programs, CTS serves many hundreds of leading aviation organizations in the world and providing effective training for many thousands of pilots annually.
It has long been proven that computer-based training, when compared to traditional training methods, results in better comprehension and retention of subject material in less instructional time. The computer, as a trainer, is infinitely patient, totally objective and uncompromisingly standardized as an instructor and evaluator. As the computing power of hardware and the sophistication of available software has grown, one factor remains unchanged. It takes a tremendous amount of time, dedication and perseverance to produce effective computer-based training. Often, the startup cost is prohibitive for an aviation organization to transition to effective CBT.
Understanding this problem, Computer Training Systems pioneered the idea of leasing training software, at a cost that is a mere fraction of other pilot training alternatives. By most standards, CTS is still a small company. The quality of our products, personal service, and our individual and corporate reputations have been and always will be more important to each of us than how much growth the company undergoes. We are still attracting the most dedicated employees and offering the most effective pilot training value proposition. Maintaining a healthy balance of humility and pride, as the leading provider of comprehensive and complete pilot training programs. CTS stands in a class by itself.