Baltic Ground Services (BGS) Group, part of Avia Solutions Group, plans to offer virtual reality (VR) -based training as an additional service in the market. When it comes to strictly regulated activities, such as aircraft ground handling, where speed and safety are top priorities, VR stands out as a perfect technology to train operators in a nearly real-life environment. While VR is nothing new in pilot training, for ground handling it is still a novelty.

“Virtual reality training in ground handling is a new trend, and we are amongst the pioneers developing it,” says Konradas Dulka, head of BGS Group IT Business Solutions.

Virtual reality becomes a bridge between the theoretical learning and the field practice, and it increases the speed and quality of the training.

According to Paulius Miezelis, BGS head of Training, by using virtual reality environments, trainees can repeat same complex tasks and situations without needing to wait for another aircraft turnaround and can repeat the training until they are entirely confident to try operations in reality.

 “This minimizes the probability of mistakes. Also, there is a possibility to simulate extraordinary and extreme situations, eliminate the noisy environment of the airport, which disturbs trainees during the training,” states Miezelis.

BGS already created aircraft walk around inspection and fuelling VR training modules. By the end of the year, the company will add aircraft de-icing and anti-icing VR training modules.

“We are striving to create not only a simulator for procedures but also a tool with analytics integrated, which will allow monitoring the efficiency of the trainee,” adds Dulka.