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FL Technics Uses Virtual Reality to Train Mechanics

As part of its attempts to ensure a steady pipeline of qualified mechanics, Lithuanian MRO company FL Technics is trialling virtual-reality training aids to shorten the time it takes to train aircraft mechanics.

The company is currently using a VR module, which simulates the opening of the thrust reverser on Boeing 737NGs. It intends to expand the list of modules in the coming month to the cover the full scope of maintenance training.

“We are currently testing the modules in-house and this will give us a better idea of how they fit into the business,” said FL Technics’ head of IT and innovations, Ramunas Paskevicius. “We are hoping to make the [training] process shorter, and prepare mechanics as fast as possible with no loss in quality.”

According to Chief executive Zilvinas Lapinskas, the use of the VR module would help reduce the process to enrol a new mechanic in the operation, which currently takes three months, to just three weeks. The company is also considering marketing the training product in the future.

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