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PlaneSense selects VRpilot for Pilatus procedure training
With more than 280 pilots for its PC-12 and PC-24 fleet, PlaneSense will gain efficient and flexible training cockpit instruction for new hires and captain upgrades through the VRflow procedure platform.
PlaneSense assistant director of pilot training Tim Cloutier with VRpilot CEO Daniel Maass, CTO Thor Paulli Andersen and PlaneSense VP, flight operations Kevin Gordon.
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US-based fractional operator PlaneSense has partnered with VRpilot to deliver virtual reality-based interactive cockpit procedure training. With more than 280 pilots for its large and growing Pilatus PC-12 and PC-24 fleet, the VRpilot tool will be a valuable part of the company’s robust training programme.

VRpilot will provide efficient and flexible training cockpit instruction to new hires and captain upgrades. The unique capabilities of its procedure training platform, VRflow, will enable PlaneSense to add a new dimension of functionality to flight crew training while also reducing the costs and complexity of training across different locations.

Kevin Gordon, VP of flight operations, says: “PlaneSense is known for its rigorous pilot training. We have always been on the leading edge of technology in our aircraft and our training. Partnering with VRpilot and their innovative product makes perfect sense to improve fidelity and efficiency. We look forward to a very productive and long lasting partnership.”

VRpilot CEO Daniel Maass adds: “We are excited to deliver procedure training for the PC-12 and PC-24 to PlaneSense, whose leading operational experience with both aircraft types makes them a fantastic partner.”

Studies have shown that VR-assisted learning has the potential to improve knowledge retention by up to 400 per cent, key to building strong pilot skills. PlaneSense will run VRpilot’s VRflow platform on Pico 4 Enterprise VR headsets to better engage pilots and promote the ability to remember complex procedures.

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