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MAGPIE maintenance trainer in development

22nd January 2018 - 04:01 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Charles River Analytics is developing a game-based virtual aircraft maintenance trainer for the US Air Force (USAF) that will allow for larger class sizes and troubleshooting scenarios which are difficult to present in a traditional live setting.

The new system, called MAGPIE - Maintenance Training based on an Adaptive Game-based Environment using a Pedagogic Interpretation Engine - will be a combination of intelligent tutoring, game-based virtual training and intuitive scenario editing. Up to 20 students would be able to access the system at one time.

Charles River Analytics developed the underlying software and is improving it to provide maintenance training for the F-15E Strike Eagle. The technology combines high-resolution graphics with automated system feedback to teach complex maintenance procedures. The company is in initial stage of system development with the goal of transitioning the technology to be applicable to any aircraft.

The MAGPIE system includes an intelligent tutoring framework that identifies students who need the most instructor assistance, and recognises and characterises errors so that students can focus on their individual learning needs. Additionally, the system will include a suite of authoring tools for course designers and instructors to readily extend and/or rearrange training content to improve scenarios.

With the virtual maintenance trainer, instructors can manage more students, students can perform the procedures in parallel, and the system can monitor and address potential errors without the concern for costly system damage.

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