Mirroring the methods used to design its aircraft and systems, Dassault Aviation has introduced new 3D virtual reality technology dedicated to training Falcon maintenance engineers and technicians. The technology was highlighted at the recent Australian International Airshow in Geelong.Falcon Immersive Practical Training is a hands-on supplemental program for students receiving practical training on actual Falcon business jets at the Dassault Aviation training center in Bordeaux-Merignac, France. By using 3D virtual reality, students are able to readily see different parts of the Falcon airframe and its systems. And the technology allows more students to learn the same thing at once.
“[With] one instructor and 10 trainees, it can be a bit time-consuming waiting to take turns to go inside the mechanical bays and other tight spaces on the real aircraft,” said Jacques Chauvet, Senior VP worldwide customer service at Dassault Aviation. “With our immersive training tool, trainees simply put on their headsets and find themselves in the same virtual spot, even in tight spaces, with a perfect view of what the instructor is doing.”
The training tool enables students to view any part or component, wiring, tubing and fittings, virtually “uncovering” panels and structure to reveal the inner workings of the aircraft. Trainees can even “roam” around inside the airframe and simulate inserting tools and turning wrenches in tight spaces.