In the future, aspiring pilots will be able to take their flight simulator home and practice in virtual reality.
The Czech VR company VRgineers offers a mobile cockpit simulator for virtual reality flight training that fits into a compact suitcase. The modular system consists only of commercially available components and can be assembled in a very short time.
Portable Flight Trainer in Suitcase Format
When unfolded, the Portable Trainer is said to have the dimensions of a real cockpit and can be configured for various jet and helicopter platforms. The entire system can be assembled by one person within 30 minutes.
The seat is equipped with vibration motors that provide feedback for rolling take-offs, taxiing, stall effects, rumbling, flap movement, extending landing gear and more. Controls can be placed in three different positions to simulate different types of aircraft.
Product development in cooperation with the military
The mobile pilot trainer was developed in cooperation with the US Marine Corps and is suitable for tactical mission training and flight school pilot training, according to the manufacturer.
VRgineers high-end XTAL 3 VR headset has also been developed in cooperation with international military pilots and is said to offer the most realistic VR simulation of flight and combat training to date.
The VR headset features two 4K LC displays with a resolution of 3,840 × 2,160 pixels per eye. The refresh rate is 75 Hz and can be increased to 120 Hz at QHD resolution. There is also a 180-degree field of view and an integrated mixed reality mode.
Realistic cockpit simulation with high-end VR headset
The pilot case includes both XTAL VR headset including a tracking system and the necessary computer. VRgineers has not yet announced the price of the suitcase system. However, end customers will not be able to enjoy the simulator.
VRgineers is targeting industry only. The B2B VR headsets of the XTAL series are correspondingly expensive, ranging from 9,000 to 12,000 US dollars. Despite the presumably high purchase price, the mobile pilot trainer should be able to reduce the overall training costs for prospective pilots.
According to VRgineers, the realistic simulator training in combination with the XTAL VR headset means that fewer real flight hours are required. Critical situations can also be practiced in virtual reality without much effort – one of the major advantages of VR training.