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AAAA 2019: US Army seeks virtual reality to faster produce helicopter pilots

15 April 2019

Key Points

  • The US Army is looking to use virtual reality to faster develop helicopter pilots
  • The US Air Force is also working on a similar effort

The US Army is taking a page from the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) pilot training playbook by infusing virtual reality (VR) into its helicopter pilot training to faster develop pilots, according to a key officer.

Major General William Gayler, US Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker commanding general, said on 15 April during a presentation at the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) Summit that Fort Rucker is receiving 30 VR simulators for its Aviator Training Next (ATN) effort thanks to money received from Army Futures Command (AFC).

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