Airbus takes off with virtual reality training 

VR training is taking organisations to new heights! 

With an increase in employee engagement (40%), reduction in error rates (90%) and a drop in workplace injuries (70%) VR is the training tool of the future.

Airbus is known for its top-of-the-line aeroplanes, but to keep them in optimal condition, a significant amount of training needs to be put into place. This is especially true when it comes to assembling these flying machines. Recognising that training of the future lies in Virtual Reality, Airbus jumped at the opportunity to gear their teams up for success using this innovative tech.  

VR Application Overview

Over time Airbus started to notice an increase in error rates with teams on the assembly line. There were also mounting safety concerns. In 2016 Airbus rebooted its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) sector. They introduced an immersive state-of-the-art VR experience called “Hangar of the Future”. The Hangar of the Future VR training programme aimed to assist Airbus’ assembly line workers in keeping up with complex tasks and aid them in getting to grips with the organisation’s high-tech equipment.

The flight simulator aspect of the VR application allows trainees to experience a range of flight scenarios, including normal and abnormal procedures, emergency situations, and system failures. The program uses the latest VR technology to create a fully immersive experience, with realistic cockpit and cabin environments. Airbus took the concept of a flight simulator, and really ran with it!

By working through a series of simulated tasks, individuals could practice their skills in a safe and controlled environment. They were free to make mistakes and repeat lessons as many times as needed. Therefore, users got to work and play with virtual toolboxes and high-tech equipment and compete against one another to see who could assemble the plane the fastest. All of these elements added to the real-life experience of the simulation. 

ROI Measures

The Hangar of the Future VR training programme proved to be a massive success for Airbus. Results included a whopping 90% reduction in error rates, a 30% reduction in training time and a significant 70% reduction in workplace injuries.

This also showed that employees felt more confident in their abilities. This confidence had a knock-on effect of a 40% increase in employee engagement. After implementing a VR solution, Airbus managed to lift their employees to a level of mastery. It was more efficient and more impactful than traditional training.

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