The respect and popularity eLearning has earned in the aviation industry surpasses other industries. If you go back to the 1970s’, the US Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, DARPA was a pioneer in developing technology innovations like ARPANET and Artificial Intelligence. The office still runs to this date in Arlington, Virginia, with an annual budget close to 2.8 billion.
Benefits of eLearning in aviation
The Advanced Research Project Agency Network, one of the world’s first packet switching networks, combined with the projects in Artificial Intelligence, could be considered as the beginnings of eLearning in aviation. Aircraft simulation software for space projects as well as warfare simulation projects for combat personnel were the first applications of the innovative technologies of that time. The fact that training could occur in a controlled and risk-free environment was the greatest advantage and justification for research in these projects.
Indeed, eLearning in high-risk situations saves lives, cuts costs and enables trainers to teach tricks and procedures that are sensitive and very difficult to teach in a real environment. eLearning in aviation is not just about cognitive knowledge or operations skills. It’s also about refining response time, impulse-decisions, self-defense and emotional intelligence during extended periods of isolation and adverse conditions. No wonder, episodes of star wars fascinate the masses to this day.