“The world will become more and more virtual in the years ahead, including the world of aviation education and training”, says Harrie Bohnen, manager of NLR’s Training, Simulation and Operator Performance department. His department has 34 staff members and 10 students all working on new human factor concepts in aviation. This includes answering a key question: how will people use technology in the future? “We give scope to young researchers with different kinds of expertise and students from intermediate vocational institutions (game design), higher vocational institutions and universities (including those studying aerospace technology) to devise, develop and experiment with new technologies”, says Bohnen. “NLR does not actually produce the training courses or training manuals. We bring together applied research, our unique knowledge and expertise of aviation and new virtual technologies so as to develop new, innovative training concepts and simulations together with the user.”
In Bohnen’s team, a number of important conditions converge: AR and VR technology to examine the technological capabilities; investigate human factors for applicability of that technology in situations relevant to aviation operators; wishes and requirements of the client, including mobility (training anywhere and anytime), complex training situations, augmenting training and simulation with data, cost savings; and looking into whether all of that is possible within existing regulations (certification), and, where this is not possible, contributing to the development of new regulations.