Shane Carroll

How to Ensure XR Effectiveness for Professional Flight Training

Today the benefits of immersive technologies seem obvious and they seem right within our grasp. So what does it take to bring this seemingly limitless technology into effective service?

Airbus has applied all of the lessons hard-learnt throughout the journey of the Airbus VR Trainer, from startup days through to entry into service today.

We believe each and every XR solution must be assessed individually for suitability. We also recognise that safety, effectiveness, and efficiency needs to be demonstrated to all parties before immersive technology can be accepted into service by the professional training community. That meant bringing to bear Airbus’s significant expertise internally and working closely with customer airlines, pilots, and authorities, all the while acting on the valuable feedback received.

Pilot-centric rapid prototyping early in development allowed features like our intuitive interaction system, haptic responses, and multi-crew capability to be developed atop course content created by experienced Airbus instructors.

XR offers a new medium with which to support flight training. We believe each and every element from briefings, hardware, environment, training objectives, and design can radically change the successful outcome of training – so every effort must be made to ensure each measure is correctly tuned to achieve the training objective.

We propose to share with you the path we have taken to release. That necessary journey is what will  allow trainees, training centres, and airlines to have confidence in the technology and realise its full potential to train safely, effectively, and efficiently.

Day 2 – Wednesday 4th May 2022 – Session 6

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