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Perceptions of Thai Aviation Students on Consumer Grade VR Flight Experiences

Version 1 : Received: 5 December 2019 / Approved: 6 December 2019 / Online: 6 December 2019 (10:36:33 CET)

How to cite: Luisier, J.; Yooyen, S.; Deebhijarn, S. Perceptions of Thai Aviation Students on Consumer Grade VR Flight Experiences. Preprints 2019, 2019120078 Luisier, J.; Yooyen, S.; Deebhijarn, S. Perceptions of Thai Aviation Students on Consumer Grade VR Flight Experiences. Preprints 2019, 2019120078

Abstract

With extended reality (XR) technology on the rise in aviation education, we evaluated the perceptions of Thai students on an inexpensive and classroom-friendly virtual reality (VR) system and software combination, as an introduction to flying an aircraft. In addition to cost-effectiveness, consumer grade technology also provides greater portability than traditional full-flight simulators. Third year aeronautical engineering and commercial pilot undergraduate program international students were exposed to a brief VR experience using a PlayStation 4 console (PS4) with PlayStation VR (PSVR) and Ultrawings software. Subsequently, in-depth qualitative interviews were analyzed via thematic coding. The student responses were mostly positive and enthusiastic, but also identified issues with hardware and software (screen door effect, limited peripheral vision, less than optimal interaction controls, and lack of haptic feedback). Using thematic coding, responses were categorized into; head mounted device, controls and controllers, plausibility illusion, place illusion, embodiment illusion, academic value and entertainment value. Following respondents’ positive responses on certain identified critical points, we recommend further study using other hardware and software combinations.

Subject Areas

aviation; education; extended reality; virtual reality

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