Making noise at I/ITSEC 2019 in Orlando, Raytheon Co. revealed a virtual reality version of its portable V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft trainer for use by students at all experience levels, from those early in aviation careers to more seasoned maintenance engineers. The Aircraft Functional V-22 Trainer-Virtual Reality system is designed to provide realistic computer simulations of a wide range of V-22 operating scenarios so that students can experience different situations without physical risk.
The Interservice/ Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) is a major modeling and simulation event organized each year by the National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA). It features technical presentations, workshops, and an exhibition area devoted to model creation and implementation and simulation software.
The VR trainer provides as many as 81 unique V-22 system failures for students to solve as part of their training, showing a cockpit that can simulate issues with navigation, power supply, and even electronic-warfare (EW) systems. The trainer also allows two-way communications between multiple students or between students and an instructor. It includes operator manuals and other technical documents as learning tools.
“The system is intuitive and realistic, making the training sessions more productive and meaningful,” said Wendell Bradshaw, director at Raytheon’s Intelligence, Information, and Services business. “Adding the virtual reality element further increases the training’s realism and the students' mission readiness.”