New virtual reality training initiative for pilots of the Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi

Project Avenger may sound like the next superhero movie, but it’s part of a new training initiative for pilots for the Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Project Avenger may sound like the next superhero movie, but it’s actually part of a new pilot training initiative at Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi.

The training uses virtual reality to familiarize fliers with expectations before they ever get on an actual plane.

“We know technology is valid and can use it to enhance the training and skills these students will use to face the world,” said Lieutenant Jeffrey Pentz, Avenger Operation Officer for the first test group.

The first test group started using the virtual reality simulators back in September. According to Lieutenant Pentz, VR will speed up the training process.

“When a lot of people took part in this program, they wondered if the students could handle how quickly we would give all this information. Only the fire extinguishing effect that we gave them rose to the challenge, and I think that’s characteristic of most of our students, ”said Lieutenant Pentz.

According to Lieutenant Pentz, this type of learning differs from the traditional simulators that pilots are used to.

“This gives you your mental side of the house, then switch to the traditional one that you need to fly the actual plane,” said Lieutenant Pentz

Miles Whitlow says he was sold when he became a pilot and wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps.

“I really enjoyed Avenger. I just finished elementary school. I’ll be going to VT-35 stingrays to fly T-44,” said Miles Whitlow.

Whitlow says VR gave him an idea of ​​what to look for before he could train on an actual airplane.

“I got a call saying you were going to be an Avenger. I was overwhelmed. I’ve seen virtual reality before, but it opened my eyes,” said Whitlow.

Students are also given iPads that they can use to get information if they have any questions.

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