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Internet Based Training System For Preparing Professionals In Aviation Maintenance

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.648.1 - 6.648.9



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Xueshu Song

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Philip Pilcher

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Charles Billman

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Radha Balamuralikrishna

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Session Number 2793

Internet-Based Training System for Preparing Professionals in Aviation Maintenance

Xueshu Song, Radha Balamuralikrishna, Philip Pilcher & Charles Billman

Northern Illinois University/Northern Illinois University/Rockford Abilities Center/Rock Valley College


This paper presents a new integrated media on-line training system designed to train aviation maintenance professionals. The rationale for this NSF sponsored project is to enable aviation maintenance instructors and learners derive maximum benefits from state-of-art computer technologies through the creation of a groundbreaking, proactive learning tool for this profession. Three modules addressing landing gear operation, turbine engine and aircraft stability comprises the aviation maintenance training on line system. We believe that this new learning system will address the needs of the aviation industry worldwide, and enable a shorter cycle time in training aircraft maintenance technicians thereby reducing overall training costs for the industry as a whole. Although our system is primarily designed to prepare professionals, it may also be used to advertise general engineering or aeronautical engineering as a career choice for middle and high school students. As more and more young people become computer literate early on in their lives, integrated media tools will be highly beneficial in attracting talented students to explore the field of aviation science and technology.


The first author has conducted research in virtual reality and developed multi-media products for engineering and technology for over fifteen years. Selected examples of previously developed virtual reality products and their impact in enhancing the learning environment have appeared in other publications 1, 2, 3, 4. An overview of related research and the development of related instructional software may also be accessed over the Internet at The purpose of this paper is to describe the working of a series of interactive computer-based learning modules for training and continuing education of aviation maintenance technicians. This instructional system will reduce overall costs of training while improving the efficiency and effectiveness. A striking feature of this newly developed integrated media system is its accessibility and use over the Internet. Integrated media implies the use of hypermedia and interactive multimedia as well as the presentation of lectures in a textual format 5. The financial incentive to embark on this ambitious project was made possible through a National Science Foundation grant no. 9950088 awarded in 1999 6.

Song, X., & Pilcher, P., & Billman, C., & Balamuralikrishna, R. (2001, June), Internet Based Training System For Preparing Professionals In Aviation Maintenance Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--9468

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