Dassault launches 3D tool for training engineers

Dassault has completed the design and development of an innovative 3D tool for training engineers. Greg Waldron’s 28 February 2017 news article for FlightGlobal reports that the France-based aircraft manufacturer “has unveiled a virtual reality tool designed to help engineers for its Falcon business jet family.”

The successful launch of the training tool is a major technological milestone in Dassault’s operational and strategic profile. It will simplify the work of instructors and make it easier for students to pursue their training objectives.

The training tool’s advanced functional features are capable of exploring the different parts of an aircraft. As Waldron reports: “The system allows an instructor to guide students wearing 3D goggles around the interior of a business aircraft, where they can examine and interact with all facets of the aircraft.” It is possible for users to access and manipulate the tool’s different functionality options for the purpose of performing specific tasks. “Students can perform tasks that would be impossible, or very difficult, in real life, such as pushing their heads through the underside of a virtual wing to examine its interior structure,” according to Waldron.

Dassault’s management is excited about the prospects of the tool to elevate its aircraft engineer training programs to the next level. Waldron quotes Jacques Chauvet, Dassault’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Customer Service, as saying: “We can have up to 11 people in each course, one instructor and ten trainees, and it can be a bit time-consuming waiting to take turns to go inside the mechanical bays and other tight spaces on the real aircraft.”

Waldron quotes Chauvet further as adding: “With our immersive training tool, trainees simply put on their headsets and find themselves in the same virtual spot, even in tight spaces, with a perfect view of what the instructor is doing.”