Pilots will begin to teach in virtual reality

At the time, the emergence of special simulatorsmarkedly facilitated (and made cost-effective) the training of pilots who could work out the basic techniques on a realistic simulator and only then sit at the helm of a real aircraft. However, the US military decided to go further and are going to carry out the initial flight training of cadets of the schools of army aviation with the help of virtual reality.

The US Army had to take these measures because of the acutelack of pilots in the army aviation, writes the publication Aviation Week. According to management, this will significantly reduce the time for initial training. Initially, the cadets will study the device of the helicopter and the location of controls in virtual reality. Then, after passing a special test, they will be able to obtain initial helicopter control skills.

With the use of VR, the military wants to release 1.3thousands of new flyers a year. The first experiment to introduce a new technology was already conducted in 2018: then 13 out of 20 cadets successfully completed a full training course in just 4 months.

It is worth noting that this is not about the pilots of the Air Force andUS Navy - they will continue to work out the skills on simulators and real aircraft. Army Aviation provides reduced requirements for pilots for their accelerated training. A full helicopter pilot training course in the US Army takes one year.

Now the main thing is that the successful experience of the armyAviation is not used in the training of pilots for civil aviation and the Air Force. Otherwise, the safety of such flights will be questionable: yet, even the most realistic simulator cannot replace the real cockpit.

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