Virtual Reality Training Promises Improved Learning, Safety

erau | March 12, 2019

Aspiring student-space travelers last year explored a simulated version of the International Space Station, where they performed tasks from a Virtual Reality Laboratory on Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus.Soon, student pilots at Embry-Riddle will also be able to practice pre-flight inspections of a Cessna 172 aircraft in the new Virtual Reality Lab.“Embry-Riddle is keeping pace with the evolution of virtual and augmented reality technologies across many industries,” said Daniel Friedenzohn, associate dean of the College of Aviation. “We’re developing virtual systems to train our students more effectively in a safe environment.” In some cases, he added, virtual practice might even help reduce students’ flight-training costs, if they can master a thorough simulated pre-flight inspection before attempting the real thing on Embry-Riddle’s flight line.The HTC Vive Pro virtual reality headset – developed for the video-game industry – allows students to walk around a remarkably realistic version of the school’s flight line, complete with rows of Cessna 172 aircraft. Currently in its final stage of development at Embry-Riddle, the simulated “172 Walk-Around” scenario takes students through a step-by-step pre-flight aircraft inspection that is required before flight. The simulation provides valuable practice in completing inspections, but more importantly, Friedenzohn said, it tests students’ ability to spot potentially hazardous defects.

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eLearning has evolved as a powerful tool for imparting information and skills to employees in various training and corporate companies. For learners and students, it is a convenient, consistent, and flexible way to learn.

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eLearning has evolved as a powerful tool for imparting information and skills to employees in various training and corporate companies. For learners and students, it is a convenient, consistent, and flexible way to learn.

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