Case Study: Aircraft Maintenance VR

How VINCI is redefining training in the
United States Air Force.


Written By Eagle Wu


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About the United States Airforce (USAF)

The United States Air Force commands the air power of the US military and is the world’s largest air force.

The Problem

Air Education Training Command (AETC) is USAF’s division responsible for training hundreds of thousands of airmen for jobs in operational forces. An integral job is aircraft maintenance; in order to maintain a high flying tempo, USAF aircraft must be maintained at all times to peak conditions. Due to the high volume of students and the cost of acquiring instructional aircraft or physical simulators, AETC struggles with ensuring the training airmen receive is up to date. While operational units are utilizing state of the art aircraft, AETC is stuck with technology dating back to the 1970s.

VINCI’s Solution:

VINCI developed a VR simulation of USAF aircraft utilizing the low cost HTC Vive headset. These simulations enabled airmen to undergo familiarization training with highly realistic and immersive renderings of their aircraft even without real aircraft on base. AETC can now ensure airmen train for the operational aircraft they will see in the field without the cost of acquiring said aircraft; thus, ensuring better prepared airmen while reducing training costs.

In addition, VINCI's CODEX platform allows instructors to edit their guided walkthroughs directly - enabling them to keep their software updated with recent changes to policy while experimenting with their curriculum.


“VINCI's Virtual reality software will modernize our instructional guidance and bring new aircraft real time training to the students which will increase their system knowledge/retention and demonstrate day to day practices. Our schoolhouse instructs 530 students annually and teaches 23 different airframes. VINCI will help bridge the gap between what we teach and the aircraft we have available. Ultimately, this increases their combat readiness when the airmen arrives to their duty station.”
-SSgt Sean D Smith, Instrument and Flight Controls Instructor, 365 TRS

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