Title

Critical Design Decisions to Support the Adoption and Impact of Virtual Reality Aircraft Maintenance Training Systems

Presenter Email

David.Jones@quantifieddesign.com

Location

Mori Hosseini Student Union Events Center (Bldg #610) – Rooms 165 E/F

Start Date

3-2-2020 9:30 AM

End Date

3-2-2020 10:45 AM

Submission Type

Presentation

Topic Area

Aviation Maintenance; Transition to changing technologies; Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality/Mixed Reality in Aviation Training

Keywords

Virtual reality, maintenance, training, design, optimization

Abstract

A recent forecast conducted by Boeing predicted a shortage of over 750,000 technicians by 2037. The reasons for this shortage range from retention issues and a shrinking technical workforce to higher future flight demands. One potential way to improve retention, increase training throughput and increase the transition of knowledge from experienced maintenance team members to novice/journeyman level technicians is through more engaging and easily editable training content. Virtual Reality training provides a training medium that supports both of those critical needs.

This paper outlines the results of a training needs analysis conducted with a major US airline to define the critical needs that virtual reality training can most effectively impact. In addition to presenting the most critical training needs, best practices for design are presented along with domain-specific design decisions that should be followed when developing virtual training to support maintenance and technical operations.

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Mar 2nd, 9:30 AM Mar 2nd, 10:45 AM

Critical Design Decisions to Support the Adoption and Impact of Virtual Reality Aircraft Maintenance Training Systems

Mori Hosseini Student Union Events Center (Bldg #610) – Rooms 165 E/F

A recent forecast conducted by Boeing predicted a shortage of over 750,000 technicians by 2037. The reasons for this shortage range from retention issues and a shrinking technical workforce to higher future flight demands. One potential way to improve retention, increase training throughput and increase the transition of knowledge from experienced maintenance team members to novice/journeyman level technicians is through more engaging and easily editable training content. Virtual Reality training provides a training medium that supports both of those critical needs.

This paper outlines the results of a training needs analysis conducted with a major US airline to define the critical needs that virtual reality training can most effectively impact. In addition to presenting the most critical training needs, best practices for design are presented along with domain-specific design decisions that should be followed when developing virtual training to support maintenance and technical operations.