The U.S. Army is planning to experiment with virtual reality (VR) simulators in a bid to bolster the basic helicopter-flying skills of its students long before they step inside an actual rotorcraft. Commanders are hoping the technology could speed the throughput of the Army aviation training machine at a time when the new era of state-on-state competition is escalating the need for pilots, particularly as the service gears up to train 1,300 new pilots a year by 2021. At the same time, the ...

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