Virtual Maintenance Training
You also cut out the constant need for an actual aircraft and give students and technicians a more well-rounded training experience - whether or not the aircraft is present. This keeps students safe while cutting out the cost of training on an aircraft.
Where it's Being Used
The US military has been a big adopter of virtual technology for training, and the Air Force is relying more heavily on virtual training as its aircraft becomes more advanced.
What's the driving force behind that shift? There are plenty of benefits in terms of time, safety, efficiency and location benefits, but it's also saving the government money. In fact, the U.S. Navy expects to save $119 million per year (beginning in 2020) by increasing virtual training for just two aircraft.
Major companies have picked up the technology as well. DiSTI is one of the big players in the virtual reality training world, with clients like NASA, Boeing and Scaled Composites for commercial spacecraft avionics.
More companies every year explore opportunities in the virtual reality field, and it has definitely piqued interest in the technical training fields. It's likely that more AMT training will be offered this way as time goes on, but that's a good thing; as the field demands its technicians to have deeper knowledge, access to that information becomes easier to get to.
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