U.S. Navy aircraft carrier flight deck crews use computer simulation to train in virtual reality

Dec. 5, 2018
ARLINGTON, Va. – Officials of the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) in Arlington, Va., describe the deck of an aircraft carrier as “one of the most dangerous environments” within the U.S. Navy. ECN reports.

5 Dec. 2018 -- The chaotic nature of the flight deck brings high winds, dangerous equipment, engines, and propellers, all while the crew tries to guide aircraft pilots toward a safe landing.

In the past, the crew first would learn the ins and outs of deck life while performing these dangerous jobs. Today, however, they can receive training in computer simulation with the Flight Deck Crew Refresher Training Expansion Packs (TEPs).

The system enables individuals, teams, and multi-teams to exercise and rehearse flight-deck operations within an expandable framework of game-based, immersive 3D technologies, ONR officials say. TEPs was developed by the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) and the ONR Global and TechSolutions program.

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John Keller, chief editor
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