The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the launch of RampVR™, the industry’s first virtual reality (VR) training platform for ground operations, at the IATA Ground Handling Conference (IGHC) in Bangkok.
“Improving ramp safety and reducing damage to aircraft and ground equipment through better education and training is an industry priority, but training in this extremely active environment can be a challenge. RampVR™ allows users to safely immerse themselves in ramp operations and experience a variety of scenarios in different operating conditions. RampVR™ also provides users with built-in metrics to track their performance, and real-time access to key reference material,” said Frederic Leger, IATA’s Director for Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security Products.
RampVR™ was developed in consultation with airlines, airports and ground service providers to meet their training needs while reducing the burden of accessing the ramp for training (security, safety, availability of aircraft, etc.). Currently two modules are available: Aircraft Turnaround Inspections and Aircraft Marshalling. RampVR™ is fully compliant with IATA standards as set out in the Airport Handling Manual (AHM) and IATA Ground Operations Manual (IGOM).
“Talent development is essential to making our industry safe, secure, and sustainable. Innovative technology is the key. VR in the learning context increases knowledge retention by as much as four times while improving motivation and engagement. VR is here to stay and we are already considering expanding its use in different training areas,” Nick Careen, IATA’s Senior Vice President, Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security concluded.