Former Royal Air Force F-22 Raptor pilot wants augmented reality to change the way U.S. aviators train

March 20, 2020
Cockpit simulators play a critical role in training today’s pilot, but ground-based simulators can't mimic the stresses of actual air-to-air combat.

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Dan Robinson etched his name in aviation history in 2006 when he became the first non-American to pilot one of the U.S. Air Force’s prized jewels, the F-22 Raptor. Military Times reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

20 March 2020 -- Now, the former Royal Air Force Tornado pilot and graduate of the United Kingdom Fighter Weapons School — the equivalent of the U.S. Navy’s Top Gun — has his sights set on a much more ambitious target: solving the U.S. military’s pilot shortage and overextension of resources critical to training aviators to face the near-peer threats of the future.

To do that, Robinson launched Red 6 Aerospace, a Santa Monica-based defense tech company that developed what Robinson coined the Airborne Tactical Augmented Reality System, or A-TARS, a visor-based technology the organization says “works outdoors, and in high speed, dynamic environments.”

Augmented reality, or AR, differs significantly from virtual reality in that, instead of immersing the user in a technologically imagined world, augmented reality users are viewing their real-world physical environment while objects are superimposed against it. Think “Pokémon GO” on anabolic steroids.

In the case of Red 6, this technology can be used by the airborne pilot who can view synthetic images of anything from a moving Russian aircraft to a refueling tanker to surface ships.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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