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Army to kick off virtual reality pilot training program in April
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The U. Army will kick off in April a program to test just how effective virtual reality and simulation may be in training students to fly helicopters, with hopes the results could offer a strategy to improve its curriculum and get more would-be pilots in the air faster.
The effort comes in part to better position the Army to meet more ambitious training requirements that the service hopes will combat the ongoing struggle to head off a pilot shortage. William Gayler, commanding general of the U. And if that translates into less time in flight school and less blade hours, that logically means less money because we pay for student training by blade hours. Virtual reality simulators are newer to the Army in part because finding a simulator that actually performs like a helicopter has been a challenge.
And when people jump into a video game, they want to be able to succeed.
You pull in the power, you can feel it shake a little bit, you can hear the turbines increasing in pitch, you can feel the aircraft vibrating, and it requires a little bit of work to hover like a real helicopter. The simulator was created in partnership with industry by the U. Gayler confirmed that the Aviation and Missile Center launched a contracting vehicle for the effort and is acting as the systems integrator, but refrained from naming companies supporting the development. We would certainly bring more [systems] here. Kicking off in April, the pilot program will involve a full flight school class of 48 students.
Half of those students will serve as a control group, going through normal flight school training curriculum of 32 live-flight hours.