Cargo handler Hactl implements VR training system

Cargo handler Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) has introduced virtual reality (VR) training so new staff can gain experience before working in the challenging ramp environment.
Hactl’s COSAC-VR system provides users with an interactive, fully immersive, 360 degree, four-dimensional experience.
At the moment, the system covers aircraft cargo compartment operations, and other areas of Hactl operations will be included in future modules.
The cargo handler said that COSAC-VR overcomes the limitations of on-the-job-training in preparing new staff for working in ramp handling: the fast pace of work, and the restricted opportunity to practice on real aircraft and ramp equipment.
"The system is not dependent on a high-technology, fixed-location training suite; it is fully portable, and can be quickly set up in any location," the company added.
Hactl expects COSAC-VR to speed up the learning process, enable trainees to experience a wider variety of scenarios such as handling odd-sized cargo pallets and special loads, and enhance safety awareness.      
Simon Yap, Hactl’s senior manager – learning and development said: “In the past, newly-recruited ground service staff had to undergo extensive classroom training before experiencing the real-life aircraft cargo handling environment.
"COSAC-VR has reduced the reliance on real aircraft availability and suitable weather conditions for training, and trainees meanwhile can undergo work simulations in a totally safe environment. We have greater flexibility in scheduling training, so trainees can spend more time in familiarisation before they face the real-life situation."
Hactl chief executive Mark Whitehead added: “This is just the beginning: we will add progressively to COSAC-VR’s scope, and look at other ways to deploy VR, such as staff induction and internal communication. We are very interested in exploring collaboration with our airline customers on the VR training concept, for our mutual benefit.”
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