Sky’s the limit for flight simulator design company

Havant MP Alan Mak with the team from Turbulent Designs
Havant MP Alan Mak with the team from Turbulent Designs

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THE sky could be the limit, or at least virtually, for one hotshot Havant electronic design company which is tapping into the demand for flight simulators by creating detailed replicas of some of the world’s biggest airports.

Inside a small office in the Langstone Technology Park, there is a company digitally reproducing international airports.

Turbulent Designs was a finalist in the first Havant Small Business Awards, run by Havant MP Alan Mak, in April.

The team came close to scooping the best new business prize at the awards.

It formed in 2014 as an independent designer and now it works on both Microsoft’s Flight Simulator and PrePar3D to create high-quality add-ons for flight enthusiasts.

The team also works on specialist training simulators such as a model of the South African Antarctic Ice Breaker Agulhas II which was developed to train search and rescue pilots.

Chief executive Trevor Linn said: ‘Since we were in the Havant Small Business Awards, we have grown from four to nine developers and now we are looking to expand by two more.

‘We have trebled our turnover and hope to expand further over the next 18 months.

‘Turbulent has expanded its market place and also won contracts for military and marine markets.’

Mr Mak hailed the start-up, which he said is carrying on the ‘proud tradition’ Havant has in the software industry.

Mr Mak went to visit the company last week, as part of a series of meetings the MP has held with winners and finalists.

He said: ‘Turbulent Designs is an innovative company and has been an excellent addition to the Langstone Technology Park.

‘They were worthy finalists in the new business category and I’ll be watching their progress closely.’