Texas Company Uses Oculus Go in Training Flights

Discussion in 'HardForum Tech News' started by AlphaAtlas, Oct 17, 2018.

  1. AlphaAtlas

    AlphaAtlas [H]ard|Gawd Staff Member

    Mar 3, 2018
    A Texas company called Thrust Vector is using an Oculus Go inside airborn training aircraft to simulate various scenarios. The cofounders say they've flown "probably 2 dozen full approaches in full VR, all the way down to about 50 feet above the runway." The current incarnation of the system uses Unity, Mapbox, and an ADS-B sensor called Stratux to generate the simulation, but the company says they want to use more powerful headsets in the future.

    Check out a video of the system here.

    The idea is that with a "PC-driven VR system such as the Oculus Rift, we can create an endless array of training scenarios; poor weather, equipment failures, even combat scenarios with virtual ground and aerial targets. And unlike a simulator, the trainee will feel every stick input for real. The irony here is, many people using VR flight simulators experience nausea, because they’re seeing movement that their body doesn’t actually feel. Having VR in-flight can actually prevent nausea, because your sight is now in total agreement with your vestibular system." Nagle added that he believes "FAA approval is usually relegated to things which are permanently mounted in the cockpit. Nonetheless, we look forward to working with the FAA as we refine the technology to make sure we stay within the boundaries of common sense and the regulations. After all, ultimately the goal is to improve safety, not compromise it."
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2018
  2. katanaD

    katanaD [H]ard|Gawd

    Nov 15, 2016

    so.. NOT FAA approved at this time.

    I guess they could go the route of trying to compare to flying in low visibility, and the 2nd pilot is probably what is letting them skirt the issue.

    interesting training though,
  3. fs123

    fs123 Limp Gawd

    Jun 26, 2010
    I thought it was going to be augmented reality but they are actually simulating everything. Not really safe when you can't see the real landscape.
  4. PaulP

    PaulP Gawd

    Oct 31, 2016
    I agree. AR would be a better option here.
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  5. Patricio

    Patricio n00b

    Jul 11, 2017
    I think this inteded to be an alternative for IFC so if you are inside a cloud there is no much to see in augmented reality and there virtual reality can provide all the references you are missing
  6. Cr4ckm0nk3y

    Cr4ckm0nk3y Gawd

    Jul 30, 2009
    The right seat pilot is acting as a safety pilot. Same thing happens if you wear hood/foggles or in rare cases when they would bag one of the cockpits. Perfectly legal and spelled out by the FAA.

    I agree with others that AR makes much more sense. AR could handle simulating IFR, equipment failures, or military targets.
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  7. ta_erog

    ta_erog Limp Gawd

    Dec 5, 2008
    So, I take it most people here have no idea what this is being used for? (but for one? two? people?) Probably best to not comment before commenting.

    Would it be interesting to know that people fly planes with hoods blocking all outside vision or goggles that are foggy ?
    This is to train for Instrument flight (IFR) . This is especially important as your senses will be fooled and ignoring the instruments and following your senses will kill you. This is just an alt way to do it.
  8. sirmonkey1985

    sirmonkey1985 [H]ard|DCer of the Month - July 2010

    Sep 13, 2008
    probably why it's being done in texas.. not much to hit out there that the safety pilot couldn't stop the exercise and take over the plane before hitting.