When it comes to strictly regulated activities such as aircraft ground handling, virtual reality (VR) stands out as a perfect technology to train operators in a nearly real-life environment.
While VR is nothing new in pilot training, for ground handling it is still a novelty.
Baltic Ground Services (BGS) Group - a ground handling and fueling company, part of Avia Solutions Group - is currently moving its training to a virtual reality environment. It also plans to offer VR-based training as an additional service in the market.
“Virtual reality training in ground handling is a new trend and we are amongst the pioneers developing it,” says Konradas Dulka, Head of BGS Group IT Business Solutions. Virtual reality becomes a bridge between the theoretical learning and the field practice, and it increases the speed and quality of the training.
According to Paulius Miezelis, BGS Head of Training, by using a virtual reality environments, trainees can repeat the same complex tasks and situations without a need to wait for another aircraft turnaround until they are entirely confident to try operations in reality. “This minimizes the probability of mistakes," says Miezelis. "Also, it is possible to simulate extraordinary and extreme situations, and to eliminate the noisy environment of the airport, which disturbs trainees during the training.”
BGS has already created aircraft walk-around inspection and fuelling VR training modules. By the end of the year, it will add aircraft de-icing and anti-icing VR training modules.
BlueSky Business Aviation News | 4th July 2019 | Issue #517
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