Alaska Airlines have acquired a number of virtual reality (VR) headsets with cockpit procedure training software from Danish training solutions developer VRpilot to evaluate the potential of VR technology in flight training.

The virtual reality cockpit procedure trainer offers greater training flexibility and a higher degree of self-directed training. The remote training capabilities of VRpilot’s software will enable pilots to train remotely in the future, reducing the need for travelling to training centres and thus reducing the carbon footprint.

Scott Nielson, General Manager, Flight Operations Training at Alaska Airlines says: “At Alaska Airlines, we are always looking for new, innovative ways of improving our operation. VRpilot’s product for our aircraft looks very promising, and we are looking forward to exploring the potential of this technology.”

The VR training software delivered is for Alaska Airlines’ new pilots, including normal procedures and memory items, preparing the pilots for simulator sessions and flight operations.