Italian Air Force looks at virtual, augmented reality for aircraft maintenance

Italian Air Force aircraft maintenance
Italian Air Force looks at virtual, augmented reality for aircraft maintenance.

On June 15, the Italian Air Force held a training event on the use of augmented, virtual and immersive reality technologies for the training and maintenance of aircraft in its fleet.

The event marked an important opportunity for cultural updating for students and teachers of the Specialist School of the Italian Air Force. It is part of the development and innovation projects of the armed force to accelerate the "digital transformation" of activities. The use of state-of-the-art technologies in the field of aircraft maintenance, right from the initial theoretical training phase and the training of specialist personnel, has been assessed as highly advantageous. It facilitates AP-147 certified training processes for obtaining the Military Aircraft Maintenance Licence (MAML), offering operational, organizational, economic and safety benefits.

"With today's training event we aimed to contribute to the growth of training processes in the Air Force, towards a 4.0 Training, to enhance our most precious resource, staff and especially young people, through a greater awareness of the possibilities offered by technology in order to anticipate and overcome the training and operational challenges that the Air Force will face, in a scenario that we imagine to be increasingly complex and unpredictable in the future. Said the Commander of the ITAF Specialists School, Col. Roberto COMMITMENT.

The event involved representatives of the Italian Air Force Logistics Command, the Leonardo Aerospace Company, the Italian Aerospace Research Center (CIRA), DigitalComoedia and the Psychology Department of the University of Campania.

Col. Fabio ZANICHELLI, Italian Air Force Staff, spoke about the Collaborative Digital Platform project, jointly developed by the Italian Air Force, Leonardo and Turin Polytechnic, applied to the C-27J aircraft (more details in our previous article).

Zaira BURLO, Leonardo's Customer Support Services & Training Director, underlined the fruitful collaboration underway with the Italian Air Force, highlighting how, thanks to experiences of this type, it is possible to identify cutting-edge solutions. "Our goal is to generate greater operational, organizational, economic and safety advantages for our customers and in this sense the "Logistics 4.0" plan will guarantee tools ranging from the technological interface of augmented, virtual and immersive reality to maintenance training. of aircraft up to the innovation of connected training models," she said.

Subsequently, Leonardo Engineers Paolo GALATI and Juri BAROLLO talked about the Collaborative Digital Platform and the Air4MAM project, i.e. immersive training and remote maintenance, from an industrial perspective, focusing on the methods of mobile operational support, through an on-line software. demand, on the field.

Leonardo's contribution to the training event was completed by reflections on the Leonardo model in the training of Aeronautical Maintenance Managers by Eng. Paolo PETROSSO, VP Simulation & Training Helicopters.

Written by Matteo Sanzani
Source, Images: Italian Air Force

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