Design, technology and strategy

Training is required not only for pilots but also for the cabin crew. Besides, all pilot and cabin crew licenses must be regularly renewed, which means more training. Thus, aviation heavily uses various flight simulators to train its flight personnel. Often, such simulators are parts of actual aircraft adapted for educational purposes.

Simulator training has rather serious limitations. On the one hand, the number of possible scenarios is restricted. On the other hand, only one crew can practice at a time. This means that quality training becomes quite expensive and time-consuming.

However, as soon as the flight training is set up in virtual or augmented reality, the benefits are obvious. AR and VR solutions are ultimately more cost-effective than aircraft simulators and can be used simultaneously by multiple trainees.

We offer several solutions for the aviation industry. Each of these solutions is dedicated to different tasks and training audience.

Safety emergency procedures (SEP) training for cabin crew using virtual reality

Training in virtual reality for cabin crew to practice the right sequence of actions in dangerous or unusual situations: medical emergency, fire on board, emergency evacuation and other safety emergency procedures.

Benefits:

  • Full immersion of a trainee in the ambiance of the emergency situation on the board of the plane without any risks and additional costs for using real equipment and involving people (imitation of passengers);
  • Cost saving on the special rooms and simulators;
  • Using factors of uncertainty, like time pressure and distraction for the elaboration by a trainee of the most effective strategy of behavior in emergency situations;
  • An efficient compromise between learning in the classroom and learning in the real plane;
  • Safety for a trainee.

Crew resource management (CRM) training using virtual reality

Group training in virtual reality to practice an interaction between a cabin crew and a flight crew in different emergency situations.

Benefits:

  • Possibility of interaction between cabin crew and flight crew in multiparticipant virtual reality training;
  • Approach based on the scenarios of real situations;
  • Ability to practice making the right decisions and  interacting in dangerous situations without immediate danger for participants;
  • Possibility to teach pilots and flight attendants to interact in a dangerous situation without physical presence near each other;
  • Cost-effectiveness.

Ground crew training using virtual reality

Training in virtual reality for ground crew, which helps to teach safety procedures during loading/uploading of the plane, refueling and examination of the plane before take-off.

Benefits:

  • Possibility to train ground crew according to SOP;
  • Ability to teach the crew using a digital copy of plane/helicopter;
  • Option to teach safety procedures with a full immersion of a trainee in the situation (real fire, real damages);
  • Cost-effectiveness.

In a nutshell…

…a VR training application for flight crews can include multiple scenarios that can be repeated as many times as necessary to master the skills. Trainees can work with VR applications directly in their classrooms with no need to visit a hangar or simulator.

Moreover, VR applications can be used to train other aviation personnel, such as service and maintenance technicians, and other ground staff. As a result, the training course becomes less costly and takes a shorter time.

IATA (International Air Transport Association) has been using VR for several years to train ground operations staff. The training takes into account the requirements of multiple airlines and airports and is intended to practice ground operations procedures without actually visiting the ramp.

Augmented reality has a great potential in the aircraft assembly and maintenance sector. For example, a mechanic working on an aircraft part or a piece of equipment can do the job better if a detailed chart with the assembly instructions is shown right next to the part. AR can do that displaying the relevant instructions for each part.

The same technology can significantly improve the quality of personnel training, too. By adding the instructions in the form of virtual objects, the company can achieve better training quality and faster learning.

Air Force uses AR as an effective means of nondestructive aircraft inspection. The application will allow finding defects without causing additional damage to the aircraft.