US Airline Alaska Airlines has strengthened its commitment to use virtual reality (VR) for pilot training, increasing its number of VR headsets with pilot training software from Danish supplier VRpilot. Implementing the initial delivery of the novel training devices in their pilot training programs in July, Alaska Airlines is scaling their number of VR headsets available for their pilot training starting early 2023.
“Virtual reality is a valuable asset in our training device portfolio,” said Janet Ann, Alaska Airlines manager of instructional systems design. “VRpilot has customized their software and interface to fit Alaska Airlines’ unique training procedures. With a VR training program, our new hire and fleet transition pilots now have unlimited time to familiarize themselves with the 737 flight deck and develop muscle memory for their pilot flows before they step into simulator training.”
Alaska Airlines uses VRpilot’s VR-based flight deck procedure training platform, VRflow, for type-rating courses on the Boeing 737-800SFP on Pico Neo 3 Pro virtual reality headsets. Alaska Airlines’ version of VRflow is tailored to their procedures and cockpit layout.
Want to learn more? Come visit VRpilot at booth #501 during the European Airline Training Symposium 2022 (EATS) taking place in Berlin, Germany, from 8-9 November.