Rolls-Royce introduces virtual reality maintenance training programme

With coronavirus-imposed travel restrictions and social-distancing measures making face-to-face learning difficult, Rolls-Royce has introduced a virtual reality maintenance training programme for its business aviation customers.

The first course comprises an overview of the construction, design and operation of the BR725 engine that powers Gulfstream’s G650/ER ultra-long-range business jets.

After completion of the “comprehensive” two-day training course, participants will be able to service the engine and undertake non-routine maintenance, says the UK-headquartered firm…

While not intended to completely replace practical training, R-R says virtual reality is a valuable tool as it gives customers, “greater flexibility” and eliminates the need to ship a full-size training engine.

The programme places the trainee in two “realistic scenarios”, says R-R: one with the engine installed on the G650 in a virtual hangar; the other with just the BR725, which mimics the firm’s “in-person training course”, it says.