Aircraft Maintenance Technology

OCT 2018

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44 OCTOBER 2018 AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY FROM THE FAA VIRTUAL REALITY, AUGMENTED REALITY, AND PLAIN OLD REALITY FOR MAINTENANCE TRAINING By Dr. Bill Johnson Bill Johnson talks about a recent Aviation Training Summit and the current and emerging technologies available for maintenance training. The article also blends the promise of training technology, the impact on maintenance staff shortages, and how government and industry can positively influence acceptance. In the June/July 2018 AMT issue, I wrote about “Another Look at the Aviation Maintenance Shortage and the Solutions.” That issue was dedicated to training and personnel issues. It is worth revisiting that issue at (aviationpros.com). I made many action recommendations for schools, industry, and government. I suggested that schools should: modernize training technology; reinforce partnerships with industry; propose new alternative curricula; and ensure recurrent training for instructors. I suggested that industry should: Collaborate with schools and help schools with equipment. Government should: recognize the urgency, consider all reasonable proposed curricular modifications, and stay the current positive course for change. That is plain reality! Now let’s look at the other realities that include virtual, augmented, and other computer-based training. Attend a Training Conference Modern training conferences can be a delight for maintenance training personnel. Among others, Halldale Publishing specializes in training conferences. They offer five aviation training conferences, around the world, each year. The big one is the Spring World Aviation Training Summit (aka, WATS), always in Orlando. These conferences are great for training professionals. Speakers actually talk about aviation training system design, job and task analysis, media design and selection, competency-based instruction, student evaluation, instructor selection and qualification, training regulations, and more. The meetings assemble the best selection of aviation training materials, from books to the highest technology-based training devices. In August, I attended and spoke DR. WILLIAM B. JOHNSON is the FAA Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor for Human Factors in Aircraft Maintenance Systems. His comments are based on nearly 50 years of combined experience as a pilot/mechanic, an airline engineering and MRO consultant, a professor, and an FAA scientific executive.

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