One of the key benefits of using 3D virtual reality is that it allows to practice on different systems with minimal risk.
With this in mind, French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation has developed a 3D virtual reality experience to train maintenance engineers and technicians.
Dubbed as ‘Falcon Immersive Practical Training’, the new experience is designed as a supplement for engineers and technicians undertaking certified practical training for Falcon business jets.
The new tool allows trainees to access the full digital mock-up of the aircraft and experience full 3D virtual reality down to the slightest detail.
“We can have up to 11 people in each course, one instructor and 10 trainees and it can be a bit time-consuming waiting to take turns to go inside the mechanical bays and other tight spaces on the real aircraft,” said Jacques Chauvet, Senior Vice President Worldwide Customer Service at Dassault Aviation.
“With our immersive training tool, trainees simply put on their headsets and find themselves in the same virtual spot, even in tight spaces, with a perfect view of what the instructor is doing.”
The Falcon Immersive Practical Training tool includes a hand tracking capability, which allows operations in the virtual world to precisely mirror operations performed in the real world. This way trainees are able to observe in real time exactly what the instructor is doing at all times.
The French company says, any part or component, including wiring, tubing and fittings, can be brought into view by simply stripping away the covering panels and structure — in virtual reality — to reveal the inner workings of the aircraft. The trainee can roam around the aircraft at will and even simulate inserting tools and turning nuts and bolts.
Earlier in 2016, the company had launched a flight simulator experience forOculus Rift headsets.