“Why Should Flight Training Organisations Implement VR Flight Training?” – Glen Ross

28th Nov 2022

Glen Ross, Project Manager – Virtual Reality Flight Training Project, from well-known New Zealand based aviation focused – Massey University School of Aviation has shared some insights on the value of VR flight training for flight training organizations as shown below:

“Cost reduction: Research, and real-world experience, suggest that training costs can be reduced significantly by adopting these low-footprint, immersive training devices (ITDs) that can be used to supplement or in some cases replace traditional flight training solutions.

Training time reduction: ITDs can increase training throughput and increase the availability of other training resources. Students can achieve proficiency in less time due to the high availability and the realistic nature of the training. VR flight training is also engaging and thus encourages students to undertake and or repeat tasks until they achieve competency.

Down-time trainer: VR ITDs are not restricted by aircraft or instructor availability, maintenance schedules or the weather – and therefore can be utilised any time 24/7.

In addition, those ITDs that adopt virtual instructors, don’t require a human instructor to be present at the time of the lesson – this is a double bonus, as then the flight instructor can be better-utilised teaching in real-world aircraft.

Environmental: Every hour that is flown in a VR ITD has multiple positive environmental impacts. Firstly, there is the reduction in fuel burnt, oil and other consumables that otherwise would be used. Also, less aircraft maintenance will be required and fewer airport and airways charges will be incurred. Secondly, students become proficient quicker when supplementing their flight training with ITDs, thereby increasing the effectiveness of in-aircraft training and ultimately requiring fewer hours to attain their licences.

In summary then, if flight training organisations were to successfully adopt a VR flight training solution, they could potentially train more pilots faster, with improved flexibility, and utilisation, with lower environmental impact, at a lower cost than ever before.”

Source and Photo Credit: Glen Ross (you may contact Glen A. Ross via LinkedIn)

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