Taking Flight on National Aviation Day

©John T. Daniels

“The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who, in their grueling travels across trackless lands in prehistoric times, looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space, at full speed, above all obstacles, on the infinite highway of the air.” – Orville Wright

It’s amazing to look back at how far we have come in the field of aviation since Orville and Wilbur Wright took to the skies in December of 1903 for the first-ever air flight. In the air for a total of twelve seconds and travelling a distance of 120 feet, the Wright brothers inspired generations to come with their flying machine. To honor the amazing breakthrough, President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed August 19 (Orville Wright’s birthday) as National Aviation Day in 1939.

At Raytheon Professional Services (RPS), our history is built on the powerful dream that Orville and Wilbur Wright brought to light. In 1929 Ed Link, the inventor of the flight simulator, helped trainees learn to fly by sitting behind pilots in flight and observing their actions. Soon thereafter, Ed realized it would be safer and more efficient to earn one’s wings on the ground. With the advent of ground-based flight simulators, Ed transformed how pilots learned to fly through the creation of a simulation training course.

The earliest flight simulators developed were relatively simple machines created for the U.S. Postal Service and U.S. military, and focused on “known” flight training scenarios. As simulation technology improved, the training expanded to include air traffic control, radar systems, combat conditions and aircraft parts failures. The new learning design required a systems-engineering approach and enabled training through “unknown scenarios” as well.

Our aviation and military customers soon realized they wanted more than simulator technology: they wanted fully trained pilots. Programs were expanded and “schoolhouses” were created for the pilots, with RPS taking on curriculum design and development, training delivery and administration, and facilities management.

Our approach to training provides the opportunity to learn and practice critical techniques and procedures in an engaging, immersive environment that simulates the actual environment where the skills will be used. From NASA astronauts to mortgage bankers; from utility field engineers to automotive service technicians; and from hemodialysis technicians to Royal Navy Fleet staffs, we continue to ensure trainees are exposed to the very best in simulation training to ensure the highest level of preparedness.  

Join us as we celebrate National Aviation Day, and the ‘spirit of adventure’ it delivers to us all.

Reach out to RPS

Raytheon Professional Services (RPS) is a global provider of managed learning solutions for commercial, government and military customers across 15 industries. We are a recognized leader in the fields of learning, learning strategy and technology-enabled solutions by leading learning industry consultants including Nelson Hall, Emerald Works, Brandon Hall, Training Industry, Cybersecurity Breakthrough, and Forbes Magazine. At the heart of our business is our emphasis on putting our customers first and strong culture of collaboration. By putting our customers first, we deliver outcomes that matter and build relationships that last.

Our learning experts can help you develop a simulation, Augmented Reality or Virtual Reality training program to meet your unique business and learning goals. Let’s get started, or learn more by visiting our website at RPS.com.

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