Aircraft Maintenance Technology

OCT 2018

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Page 46 of 63 and modify. It is cost prohibitive to most training organizations. That is especially true for the institutions that are delivering initial training for maintenance certification. All trends indicate that the development and delivery cost will go down. AR has its own set of challenges. The wearable technologies are delicate for daily maintenance use. Some users complain about the distraction of the visual display. Development and support costs are high. Again, evolving technology will overcome the challenges. Influencing Factors on Training Technology and Its Impact National aviation authorities can have a significant positive impact on the growth of VR and other simulation training technologies. Research has shown that the pace of learning and knowledge/skill retention improves with active learning activities. New training technologies ensure active learning. Regulators must be increasingly willing to accept the curricula change and increased learner competence that VR and other technology can provide. Regulations must continue to match instructional technologies and modern generational learning styles. That match will help promote the mass market for VR, AR, MR, and other technologies. A growing marketplace will drive increased capability at lower cost. A result is an increased number of qualified and safe maintenance personnel. The aviation industry can play a more active role in advancing the use of VR in schools. Manufacturers could make selected intellectual property and equipment more available to schools. That is not a suggestion for industry to school charity. Instead, it is commercial recognition that the current maintenance personnel qualifying system is not working as well as it could. The entire international aviation industry is running out of qualified workers. It is clearly an advantage, to everyone, if newly certified mechanics/maintenance engineers are familiar with modern aircraft systems and maintenance procedures. New modern training systems will help attract today’s students and ensure a higher number of graduates that are ready to work. The collaboration between industry and schools is imperative as the world faces a certain shortage of qualified maintenance personnel. The Bottom Line As I participated in the Asia Pacific Aviation Training Symposium, it dawned on me that the justifications for advanced technology training have been consistent and true for decades. Training technology evolves as an enhanced substitute for the real equipment and the real world. Compared to live equipment simulation and computer-based training, including VR and AR, VR is the better alternative. It wins on comparisons of cost, speed, effectiveness, availability, reliability, learner safety, and more. I feel confident in that positive trend. AN EXAMPLE of virtual reality computer display for A 380. AIRBUS Key System Capabilities: • Inventory and Materials Management • Work Order System • Flight Operations & Aircraft Records * Imaging & Multimedia • Tooling, Training & Publications Management • Tablet, PDA & Smartphone Interface • Enterprise Accounting (GAAP/IFRS Compliant)

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