HUNTINGTON – The upcoming launch of the aviation maintenance technology program operated jointly by Marshall University and Mountwest Community & Technical College in Huntington will be the first Part 147 school in the United States to use a virtual reality system to meet the FAA training requirements for aviation paint and coating laboratories.
In early July, the program received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to deploy the new system that simulates an aviation paint shop environment and allows instructors greater ability to simulate various paint scenarios and measure accurately the abilities of the students.
As with all assistants and instructional equipment for aviation training, the virtual 3D painting system will be evaluated during the FAA design performance phase of Marshall certification to ensure that it meets federal requirements.
The 3D system provides a platform for instructors to measure student performance, including metrics such as millimeters of paint thickness, cost of materials used, gun distance, overexpression, and angle relative to the parts being painted.
Manufactured by VirtualPaint Products of Cedar Falls, Iowa, it is the same training system used by the U.S. Air Force Education and Training Command at facilities such as Hill Air Force Base in Utah, as well as the U.S. Coast Guard Aviation Technical Training Center. .
“This innovative virtual reality system will save considerable money on our program by eliminating the need for consumables such as paint and personal protective equipment, while reducing setup and cleaning time,” said Jim Smith, interim director of the technology program. Marshall / Mountwest Aviation Maintenance, in a press release.
Located at Huntington Three-State Airport, the inaugural class of the AMT program will begin in January 2022.