Virtual Reality Simulators
Training Aircrew and maintaining proficiency is an expensive endeavor for the Air Force and Dover AFB, as C17 and C5 flight hours are a precious commodity. Full motion simulators help with this problem, but are also expensive and in high demand. Thankfully, rapid advancements in Virtual Reality technology allow for hands on practice from anywhere in the world, needing only a VR headset. The 9AS at Dover is managing the development of a full C5 aircraft simulator which trains on preflight duties and emergency egress training, while the 3AS is working with other bases to implement a similar VR trainer for the the C17. Both utilize Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programs coordinated through SPARK cells like Bedrock to make these programs a reality.