DiSTI’s Virtual Maintenance Training Solutions For The Aviation Industry

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The introduction of innovative technologies has revolutionized the landscape of the aviation industry. The growing need to streamline the training process for new aviation mechanics has led to the adoption of virtual training solutions within the aviation industry. 

The Maintenance, Repair, and Operations (MRO) of equipment in the aviation sector can be simplified with the application of virtual technology. Virtual Reality (VR) as a training tool is well-known and has been adopted in various industries. 

Virtual Maintenance Training has emerged as a powerful tool to improve training efficiency, reduce risks, speed up maintenance processes, and more. Harnessing the power of Virtual Maintenance Training Solutions offers organizations to deliver on-demand access to real-world scenarios in a safe environment, enabling trainees to gain unique insights, assess performance, and impact.

Traditional Vs. Virtual Maintenance Training Solutions

Traditional means of training involved restrictions; the only viable way to practice was using a real aircraft. In conventional training methods, the trainees would pass their examinations by performing repairs and maintenance under the supervision of an experienced instructor. 

One of the challenges of going the traditional way is it can be expensive and dangerous. An inexperienced trainee with only classroom training is susceptible to making mistakes when practicing on a real aircraft due to their unfamiliarity with the physical aspects of work resulting in damage or ruining the airplane entirely.

The aviation industry was shifting to virtual reality. It augmented reality-based training solutions to train mechanics and ground crew thoroughly and cost-effectively while reducing the danger associated with practicing on an actual aircraft.

The DiSTI Corporation’s virtual maintenance training solutions offer personnel a safe environment to acquire new skills and practice them in a maintenance environment multiple times until they are confident.

Airlines, MROs, and training centers worldwide utilize a Virtual Maintenance Trainer (VMT), a simulation-based training tool to reduce training costs and improve operational efficiency.

Virtual maintenance training solutions enable MROs to train personnel in any number of aircraft malfunctions in a safe and secure environment. Maintenance technicians can explore the virtual aircraft using a fully functional virtual flight deck. Trainees can navigate equipment bays and add/remove components to see the results in real time.

VE Studio® – The Future Of Training

A Proven Virtual Maintenance Training Development Solution By DiSTI

The DiSTI Corporation is a leading provider of HMI software and virtual training development solutions. DiSTI has announced the availability of a new and improved version of their industry-leading virtual maintenance training development solution, VE Studio 2022.3.

As a commercial off-the-shelf solution, VE Studio® leads the Virtual Maintenance Training Industry with powerful productivity tools and processes that streamline any virtual training project.

VE Studio® combines development workflow practices with powerful tools and components that streamline the development of complex virtual training applications, making it easier, faster, and cost-effective. VE Studio® leads because of its proven database architecture, development processes, and productivity tools, which are available to customers immediately.

The DiSTI Corporation’s team behind VE Studio 2022.3 has improved the user experience through wired, and wireless VR build targets. VE 2022.3 features improved Virtual Reality (VR) stability, an enhanced VR User Experience (UX), and compatibility with Unity 2021 LTS.

DiSTI utilizes the latest technology to empower user productivity for virtual training solution development. With DiSTI’s use of Unity’s OpenXR library for handling headset and controller mappings, developers can seamlessly target a wide range of AR/VR devices. 

This feature makes switching headset hardware easier and switching between wired and wireless VR is a smoother experience. DiSTI’s engineers have developed these new features by prioritizing customers’ needs and delivering enhanced user experience.

Developers can further harness more power of Unity’s game engine capability, leading to more significant potential for student learning outcomes. This latest update to VE Studio® allows developers to use newer features of Unity, allowing for additional and more recent Unity assets in projects. VE Studio 2022.3 is now using a Physically-Based Rendering (PBR) PBR-compliant material library to upgrade the realism of 3D models.

VE Studio 2022.3 Features

  • Updated Unity to Unity 2021 LTS
  • Replacement of deprecated UNet library with Mirror
  • Several VR UX Improvements
  • Updates to the VE Studio project and VE Studio lesson samples
  • Oculus VR headset testing
  • Refined lighting optimizations
  • Addition of PBR Materials library

Wrapping Up

The DiSTI VE Studio® engineering team has launched VE Studio 2022.3 in the market with a new 2D menu system for VR builds. The endeavor continues this software company’s commitment to providing a superior software development platform.

Existing VE Studio® customers who want to inquire about updating their current version of VE Studio® should contact support@disti.com. For individuals seeking to learn more about VE Studio® and the solutions provided by DiSTI, please reach out to sales@disti.com

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