Diversifying Aviation Virtual Training
The fields of automotive and aviation technology training are often characterized as equipment-intensive, high-cost, and ever-changing. So it is always a challenge to locate new equipment, fund it, and then incorporate that equipment into a training program. Once the equipment is incorporated into a training program, it has to be maintained and eventually replaced. Often in a training environment, equipment is broken long before it wears out. All of this involves substantial cost.
CA2VES will allow us to offer our aviation and automotive students the advantage of learning fundamental inspection principles through virtual training. While virtual training will not replace real-world component inspection training, it will offer us a greater degree of flexibility that is also cost effective. Using computer simulation, instructors will be able to diversify students’ training by varying the parts and their discrepancies rather than having students measure the same part repeatedly.
In addition to providing more diversified training, CA2VES will help us provide this training in a more cost-effective manner. Students will be able to train on a variety of equipment that would be cost-prohibitive in the real-world. Using virtual training will also lessen the risk of damaging real-world equipment. Once students have mastered the use of equipment using computer simulation, they will be better prepared for their training on real-world equipment.
— Barry Franco
Dean, Aeronautical Studies, Trident Technical College
Co-Principal Investigator for CA2VES