Constant development is the golden key to your success regardless of the area of your activity. Therefore, when it comes to aviation training centres, innovations and technological advancements implemented into the training process are inevitable. Along with academic approach applied to training, it is crucial for it to be engaging, accessible, effective and entertaining as well. For example, training involving virtual reality technology contributes not only to a stronger student’s engagement in the learning process but also enhances the learning experience. Technology empowers students to be more creative and more connected. In aviation training, like in any other field, it is also vitally important.
Paperless pilot training gains popularity at the speed of light
In general aviation it is all about technologies, it is enough just to think about the structure of an aircraft itself. Therefore, pilot training is also constantly advanced and innovated. In order to help cadet pilots train for their ATPL, a British pilot has developed an interactive online system called V-Prep. This is visual training which brought to the airline industry a brand new briefing and training platform.
V-Prep training videos are prepared and vetted by current training captains to ensure that they are accurate, up-to-date and explain in visual detail the normal and abnormal procedures of how to operate the A320 Airbus. Therefore, the information is presented with a help of simulator footage, 2D and 3D animation and narration to give you a full understanding of what the procedure looks like and how to safely operate the A320 aircraft in normal and abnormal configurations. What is more, this innovative tool allows pilots as well as students to be better-prepared for the airline interview assessment, have confidence in passing the annual simulator check-ride and have a greater knowledge base to secure that upgrade position.
When Cabin Crew trainer turns into virtual reality
Cabin Crew training is always moving towards virtual training tools to make it more efficient and entertaining. For example, last year UK-based cabin trainer manufacturer EDM introduced virtual reality headsets in cabin crew training to meet an increasing demand from airlines for the modern technology. Particularly these VR simulators enable cabin crew members to learn safety and emergency procedures in a highly realistic and immersive VR environment.
VR training has been proven to increase information retention and recollection while simplifying complex training scenarios. The technique is suitable for different learning styles and abilities, offering a way to learn safety and emergency procedures that allow higher levels of engagement and understanding.
Virtual training tools to advance Ground Handling training
Recently, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has taken a decision to innovate training for the aviation staff operating on the ground. It has announced the launch of RampVR, the industry’s first virtual reality training platform for ground operations. The tool provides users with built-in metrics to track their performance, and real-time access to key reference material.
RampVR was developed in consultation with airlines, airports and ground service providers to meet their training needs while reducing the burden of accessing the ramp for training (security, safety, availability of aircraft, etc.).
3D Training in the aircraft manufacturing industry
This immersive training solution combines the zSpace 3D platform and NIAR’s step-by-step virtual training application, which uses digital models of an aircraft engine developed in Dassault Systèmes’ CATIA® and 3DVIA Studio Pro software to provide students the ability to gain the necessary knowledge of how to assemble an aircraft engine.
The zSpace allows for intuitive, real-time interaction using a bright 24” HD stereoscopic display system that is responsive to the user’s actions and allows interaction with photo-realistic 3D objects or a full virtual environment. Using this application with zSpace’s intuitive and real-time environment quickly equips students with the skills and accuracy needed to be productive in a training environment.
The benefits of incorporating VR technology into educational experiences include better, more immediate engagement and the opportunity for learners to “feel” the experiences and better remember and express what they have learnt. The more a learner is able to participate in lifelike engagement, the easier it is to personally feel the connection to the subject material, making it easier to apply and retain the subject matter.