The "Visual Flight Rules (VFR)" training module jointly developed by Lufthansa Avia-tion Training and 3spin allows flight students to interactively experience and train the airspace structure and the recognition of landmarks from the air before their first cross-country flight in a VR environment. Using virtual reality glasses developed and provided by Samsung, the student pilots first follow a virtual briefing in which 360° film shots are combined with 3D-animated objects. The new training module allows the students to experience the airspace and its structure immersively independent of time and location. Afterwards a virtual flight takes place around the training airfield in Goodyear/USA, where the students have to recognize and target landmarks.
"Virtual Reality is a trend-setting technology for training, because it addresses not only semantic memory but also episodic and motor memory, and is therefore more quickly and sustainably memorized by the learner," says Thomas Hoger, co-owner of 3spin.
The project was accompanied and evaluated by psychologists from the Technical University of Berlin. The results of the study exceeded the expectations of Lufthansa Aviation Training: Users of the VR tool achieved a 15 percent better overall perfor-mance in subsequent real flight missions while simultaneously reducing the stress level.
"The results of the survey are more than confirmation of our efforts to provide innova-tive and digital support for our training. The use of Virtual Reality enables our flight students to get to know the environment and get a feeling for the airspace before their first cross-country flight", says Udo Link, Head of eLearning at Lufthansa Aviation Training.
The successful implementation of the "Visual Flight Rules" VR training in pilot training is a leading example for further developments in the field of virtual reality. Lufthansa Aviation Training is already examining other possible areas of application in the fields of flight training, simulator training and safety and service training.
Lufthansa aviation training and 3spin receive e-learning award 2019
LAT 3spin VR award - Udo Link (left, LAT) and Thomas Hoger (3spin)