From The Archives: Next-Gen Training

This article in our archives explores the question, which emerging technologies will become the most valuable for maintenance training?

Boeing's Pilot and Technician Outlook said that innovative and mobile training solutions will be a key element in preparing technicians to work on newer-generation aircraft. It said that over the next 20 years, the future workforce would be more diverse more mobile and more suited to flexible and adaptive learning methods. 

In this feature, author Lindsay Bjerregaard reported that AFI KLM E&M had "fully embraced" using virtual, augmented and mixed reality applications in its maintenance training, using Microsoft Hololens goggles.

James Kornberg, the company's director of innovation said: "This technology allows us to bring the aircraft into the classroom and show to our trainees systems they cannot see on a real aircraft, such as the fuel, equipment cooling or air conditioning systems to better understand normal and faulty behavior."

He said the 3D and virtual reality help to mitigate the risk of damage to aircraft tools and engines during practical training.

Read on to discover what Lufthansa Technik and GE were using to train its students. 

Two years on, how far has training progressed?

If you're a subscriber you can read the article in full on page 14 of Inside MRO dated August 2019 and found in the issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology August 19 - September 1, 2019.

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