Dennis Hartley

Principal Systems Engineer, Rockwell Collins Simulation & Training Solutions

Mr. Hartley is a Systems Engineer for Rockwell Collins Simulation and Training Solutions and has over 38 years of visual simulation experience. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida, and a Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. Mr. Hartley worked at General Electric Simulation and Control Systems (acquired by Lockheed Martin in 1993) for 18 years, as a test engineer, digital designer, Test Director, and Manager of Image Generator Development. He joined E&S in 1998 as the Lead Engineer for PC based Image Generators, eventually leading to Director of Engineering. With the acquisition of E&S by Rockwell Collins in 2007, Mr. Hartley continued as Engineering Manager of Product Development, including Image Generators, DBGS, Synthetic Environment, projectors, and displays. In 2011, he transitioned to Lead Systems Engineer for Visual Systems within Simulation and Training Solutions.

Potential Uses of Virtual and Augmented Reality Devices in Commercial Training Application

With the recent rapid development of virtual reality, and augmented reality, training organizations are now considering how to take advantage of these relatively low cost, small footprint devices.

The flexibility of using virtual reality opens up new areas of training which will be discussed.

Virtual reality also opens up new methods of training, supporting self-paced, electronic adaptive learning techniques in addition to the traditional school house approach.

Augmented Reality with its combination of tactile feel up close and virtual for the outside world, has the potential to lower training devices and facility costs.

Training advances enabled by Virtual and Augmented reality may support higher pilot training throughput, as well as produce a higher positive return on the training investment.

While these advances are promising, commercial training is required to meet training standards set by Regulatory agencies. The use of this new technology within these guidelines will be discussed.