AR/VR Digital Renaissance In Aviation And Aerospace

A detailed article on AREA Member BrainXChange’s blog explains how augmented reality and virtual reality are improving operations in aviation and aerospace, with information from some of the aerospace giants on how they are deploying the technology.

Today, the aviation and aerospace industries are experiencing a digital renaissance, and the timing is critical for several reasons, all of which are explored in detail:

  1. Demand is high
  2. A talent gap is creating a need for fast, low-cost training
  3. The stakes are high: Operations are complex, downtime is costly, safety is crucial, and the market is competitive

To accelerate production, close the talent gap, reduce errors, limit downtime, and improve safety; the leading aviation and aerospace companies are employing wearable technology, especially smart (Augmented Reality) glasses. In general, smart glasses are good for complex industrial processes that are very hands-on, time-consuming, error-prone, and loaded with information—processes like wiring an electrical system or installing the cabin of an airplane. AR glasses and VR headsets are proving useful in aircraft assembly, quality and safety inspection, field maintenance and repair, and training. The technology is providing aviation and aerospace workers with instant, hands-free access to critical information, and reducing training requirements for technicians and operators alike.

The article then takes a detailed walk through how some of the aerospace giants are applying wearable tech in their operations, including Airbus, Boeing, GE Aviation and Lockheed Martin.

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