Alumnus returns to Blacksburg with VR-based pilot training program
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U.S. Air Force Maj. Travis Sheets, VT ’05, is researching and developing a virtual-reality-based pilot training program for the Air Force called Undergraduate Pilot Training Next (UPT-Next). The program recently graduated its first class of pilot candidates and sent them on to the next phase of training. Sheets brought one of the simulators to Virginia Tech for cadets to experience and spoke with Air Force ROTC cadets, as well as aerospace engineering students, about the research, live environment testing at pilot training, and future adoption of VR technologies in medical, cyber, and intelligence career fields.