Training of the future

First Virtual Reality (VR) steps

Hamburg, Lufthansa Technik Base, building 124, 2nd floor, classroom 258.

We are in the middle of an engine training session. On the otherwise bare white wall, high-resolution, colorful schematics of a CFM-56 engine shine. 16 participants listen intently to our experienced basic trainer. Theory is usually followed by practice. However, there is bad news for the inquisitive trainees: The aircraft is needed at short notice and is therefore not available for the practical training.
This is a typical scenario that accompanies us in our training business. But does it really have to be like this? In times of digitalization, do we always need a real aircraft?
In cooperation with Lufthansa Technik, Lufthansa Technical Training has successfully tested a VR prototype for training engine fundamentals. Using VR goggles and a tablet, trainees were given a realistic and interactive training experience on a virtual CFM-56 engine. Among other things, they were able to use a built-in "question quiz" to identify engine components and recognize the correct installation position on the engine. The VR/AR application enables trainees to go through various scenarios and situations virtually in order to improve their knowledge and skills in handling engines.