Virtual Maintenance Training

Source : Military Simulation & Training Magazine

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DiSTI uses an Airbus/Eurocopter EC-145, the commercial variant of US Army Air National Guard’s UH-72 Lakota airframe, in virtual maintenance trainer scenario. Image credit: DiSTI.

DiSTI uses an Airbus/Eurocopter EC-145, the commercial variant of US Army Air National Guard’s UH-72 Lakota airframe, in virtual maintenance trainer scenario. Image credit: DiSTI.

 

Military programs and other activities using virtual and adjacent technologies for maintenance training are in their formative stages. The military-industry team is accelerating that pace, writes Group Editor Marty Kauchak.


Virtual reality (VR) is the military-industry team’s stepping-off point to efficiently and effectively engage service men and women, and their industry counterparts, in an immersive learning environment. The most significant activity supported by virtual training is occurring in the maintenance mission. As VR-enabled courses begin to populate maintenance curricula, there are “growing pains,” with shortfalls emerging in training devices, course design and other instructional foundations. Training program managers are correcting these challenges to bolster their current course offerings and take the technology baseline to the higher plateaus of augmented reality (AR)- and mixed reality (MR)-supported instruction. MR is typically conceived as a combination of VR and AR.