Virtual Reality and the Aviation Industry

Virtual Reality and the Aviation Industry

Naveen Joshi 23/08/2018 6

The application of virtual reality (VR) in aviation presents endless possibilities such as enhancing passenger experience with in-flight entertainment and assisting the flight crew with immersive training.

Virtual reality (VR) is gaining a lot of attention due to its amazing features. VR is a branch of computer science that allows users to immerse and interact in a simulated environment. Virtual reality is a complex, advanced technology that has seen great success for its short time span of full availability to consumers. From starting out as a new toy for gamers, innovators have found that virtual reality headsets are widely applicable. Virtual reality will not only disrupt the gaming sector, but also various other industries, such as education, retail, and entertainment.

It is impressive to know that the the VR technology, which was once considered fit for gaming and entertainment only, is now finding its way into the most complex and niche industries, such as aviation. VR in aviation has the power to revamp the industry by immersing the passengers in a virtual space, entertaining them thoroughly, and enhancing their flying experience. With the help of VR, aviation recruits can be trained with 3D models, saving time and resource, and enhancing the understanding.

Enhancing the Flying Experience

Long duration flights can be quite boring, right? The best thing we can do during a flight instead of sleeping is reading books watching movies or listening to songs. So, the aviation industry has found ways to enhance the flying experience by immersing passengers in a virtual space. But how?

  • With the help of VR headsets, passengers can immerse themselves in a virtual environment of their choice. For instance, passengers could imagine themselves to be in a calm place, enjoying the beauty of nature or in a stadium watching a cricket match, while they’re flying thousand feet above the ground.

  • Nowadays, cameras are mounted on the external body of planes, so that passengers can enjoy the view outside while they are seated on a flight. This leads to a completely different and fantastic flying experience altogether.

The good news is that VR has already made quite a headway in the field of aviation! Airlines have started offering VR headsets to their first-class passengers as a medium for onboard entertainment.

Helping to Train the Next Generation of Pilots

It’s been many years since the first flight simulator was built for training the young pilots. But now VR is offering a new way to train pilots. Before, the aviation training program included actual cockpits and large screen monitors, whereas now VR provides a synthetic space, which immerses pilots in an incredibly realistic training scenario. The flight simulator requires more space for training as it involves actual cockpits and large displays. VR, on the other hand, involves only headsets, which are easily portable. Besides, the expenditure incurred on VR flight simulators is much less than that incurred on traditional flight simulators. Hence, with the help of VR, the aviation industry can benefit in numerous ways, including a reduction in the cost and space required for training.

Not just for in-flight entertainment and training, VR can also be used to treat passengers who are phobic to flying. It is difficult to believe that one out of every three Americans is scared of flying. Michael Carthy is a company that offers VR therapy to reduce people’s anxiety and phobia for flying. So now that you know what this technology can offer to the aviation industry, it's time to leverage VR before your competitors do!

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  • Robert Dickson

    I don't think there is an industry out there that uses virtual reality more than the aviation industry except gaming. This saves tons of money.

  • Karl Swanton

    In addition to training and inflight experience, VR can also be used for marketing purposes to improve the reputation of the aviation industry.

  • Olly Higham

    There are number of big aviation firms that have supported the use and deployment of virtual reality.

  • Fraser Shaw

    It can be used to find and detect errors which were missed earlier by engineer in the manufacturing process.

  • Zack Avery

    You can select tax free item in the airplane with virtual reality e-commerce tools, collect and pay for items after landing in the airport.

  • Khalid Salem

    Aviation is way ahead of the curve on that one.

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Naveen Joshi

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Naveen is the Founder and CEO of Allerin, a software solutions provider that delivers innovative and agile solutions that enable to automate, inspire and impress. He is a seasoned professional with more than 20 years of experience, with extensive experience in customizing open source products for cost optimizations of large scale IT deployment. He is currently working on Internet of Things solutions with Big Data Analytics. Naveen completed his programming qualifications in various Indian institutes.

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