AI Flight Simulations: Training Pilots Faster and Reducing Costs

The U.S. military is incorporating more AI in training and simulation exercises to reduce costs and to train pilots faster.

As global military spending continues to rise, the focus has turned to cost control and how new technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) can help. One area in military avionics that is being looked at is incorporating more AI in training and simulation exercises to reduce costs and to train pilots faster.

Challenging traditional pilot training
“Here is the challenge,” said Pete Morrison, CEO of Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim), a provider of training and simulation software. “You want to conduct realistic training exercises in live environments with large groups of troops, but it’s an expensive endeavor. There’s huge fuel, ammo, and personnel costs when putting together live training exercises.”

Getting around these “real-world” training costs for pilots isn’t as solvable an option as it is for aircraft mechanics, electricians, and others who might be able to use a plethora of less expensive online courses for their training. Training pilots is further complicated in military flight scenarios that can involve many complex combat decisions that aren’t in play when you are flying a commercial aircraft.

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