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Nikos Chatzis

“…eVTOL aircraft will soon transform the skies above, but who will fly these new and novel vehicles, what skills will they need, and how will they be trained to operate platforms that feature new levels of automation?

This is the question behind a current research project headed up by Aptima through a contract awarded by the U.S. Air Force. Aptima started in 1995 with the mission of optimizing and improving human performance in mission-critical, technology-intensive settings in defense, intel, aviation, law enforcement and healthcare.

The U.S. Air Force has contracted Aptima to look at the pilot skills needed to operate eVTOL aircraft. Using two simulators, Aptima gathered data from the learning and demonstration of piloting skills by the 83 participants in the project. Photo courtesy of Lt. Col. Andrew Anderson

The results will help the Air Education and Training Command’s Detachment 62 (Det 62) determine the pilot proficiencies and training needed for eVTOL operators.

“Det 62 supports the AFWERX Agility Prime program, and is charged with developing the curricula for eVTOL pilots and driving certification standards for an emerging market that is expected to transform civil air mobility and select military missions,” Aptima stated…”