Why is VR ideal for flight training?

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Learning to fly is a skill that is taught through practice – lots of practice. Pilot students may train in simulators to improve their skills. The more realistic the simulator is, the better the pilot will become. Virtual Reality offers a new dimension of realism to flight simulation. Through the stereoscopic, head-mounted displays, the pilot can much more accurately judge distances, which is crucial, e.g. when practicing landings. The pilot also has an unobstructed 360 degree view, even outside the aircraft. The simulation experience is much more intuitive and realistic than traditional simulators.

Another aspect is price: traditional flight simulators are costly since a physical model of the entire cockpit needs to be built. Large screens are also needed to provide an acceptable out-the-window environment. With VR, the entire cockpit and outside world is displayed on two small, head-mounted screens that cost a fraction of the price.

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