KLM developed a virtual reality training for pilots who fly short-haul for its subsidiary company Cityhopper.
The training consists of three parts and starts in a virtual cockpit, where the pilot can become familiar with the aircraft and the controls. The second part is a 360º instructional video in which the pilot is behind the controls. Finally, there is a virtual walk-around, composed of 360º photos, where the pilot can walk through and around the aircraft.
As a result, training is more accessible thanks to virtual reality simulations, as pilots can use the training outside of the classroom or simulator. The VR training ensures more effective use of time and saves costs by keeping aircrafts clear from training. The pilots benefit from the training, which is why KLM wants to have it certified by EASA. According to the airline, VR training will replace some of the standard training, such as classroom instructions and “textbook learning”.
Tech: Virtual Reality