Thursday, October 06, 2022

How has technology helped in the training process for the Aviation sector

The aviation sector is back in action. As per IATA Annual Review Report 2022 indicating demand for air travel “By the end of 2023, most regions will be at—or exceeding— pre-pandemic levels of demand”. To be able to cater to this demand the sector is in need of highly skilled and trained professionals more than ever before. 

Staggering statistics explain this further. For example in India alone, direct employment in the aviation and aeronautical manufacturing sector is expected to increase to around 3,50,000 by 2024 as per the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

Being a highly technical and regulation-driven industry, every kind of role needs talent with specialized skill-sets. Training is the epicentre of any aviation professional’s career. 

Tech has elevated training to the next level. Both freshers and existing talent are able to skill and upskill efficiently and faster through tech-led evolved training and L&D (Learning and Development) practices. It has helped assess skills and create agile training programmes to navigate location and time constraints. The pandemic accelerated the adoption of tech-first learning. 

Let’s look at some intelligent ways technology has helped fill in gaps in training.

The new generation are tech and digital world natives Digital methods like e-learning, virtual classrooms and webinars have shown increased engagement levels from students. Technology also helps enhance practical training by collecting data from students. The psychological state, heart rate and various other indicators can be monitored to track performance in training programmes. This helps trainers provide better learning solutions to learners.

Many aviation roles require professionals to receive practical training in real environments. The use of AR, VR and Mixed Reality helps create simulated environments giving the trainees hands-on realistic training and experience. Be it engineers learning about the aircraft’s parts or a pilot-in-training navigating their path, extended reality tech helps enhance the professional’s skill-set without wastage of time and resources.

06/10/22 Piyalee Chatterjee Ghosh/Times of India

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