Birdy Raghoonundun Gunputh

Enhancing Instructional Techniques Through Modern Simulation Technology

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Birdy Raghoonundun Gunputh, Product Manager Safety Training, Lufthansa Aviation Training

Raghoonundun Gunputh (nickname: Birdy) is the Product Manager Safety Training at Lufthansa Aviation Training, where his main area of responsibility is to manage the product portfolio for SEP, First Aid, Security procedures and Dangerous Goods training.

He holds a degree in Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Open University UK.

In his past 31 years’ experience within the airline industry, Birdy started a a cabin crew on long and short haul and spent 23 years in the field of safety training. During this period, he gained the competencies as a SEP, CRM and Security Trainer and took over the role of Manager Safety Training at different airlines for 19 years before joining Lufthansa Aviation Training. During his long training journey, he has been involved in enhancing the designing and delivery of safety training in an ever-changing operational environment to achieve a high level of competency among trainees.

His latest project has been to introduce VR Technology at the Lufthansa Aviation Training Centres in FRA and MUC for the yearly training of 18,500 Lufthansa cabin crew members. A challenging but successful project where Birdy is now exploring further development of such digital opportunities to optimize tomorrow’s training.

Enhancing Instructional Techniques Through Modern Simulation Technology

In such as ever-changing technological environment, new opportunities are evolving to enhance tomorrow’s Cabin Crew Safety Training. Reflection on traditional instructional techniques doubt their efficacy to achieve the necessary level of comprehension among trainees upon complex in-flight emergencies and their associated procedures. The intended presentation shall explore the extent to which new digital simulation technologies could turn cabin crew training and checking to be more effective and efficient.

We at Lufthansa Aviation Training (LAT) have successfully integrated Virtual Reality (VR) technology together with an avatar system into recurrent trainings to support 18,500 Lufthansa cabin crew members accomplish a practical exercise. This breakthrough inspired us to explore the opportunities of similar technologies to re-imagine training into a more enthusiastic, effective and efficient one.

Let us reflect on the added value of experiencing a decompression or other emergencies in an immersive real time simulation rather than using theoretical instructions. How about an immersed digital simulation at a door from initiation of the evacuation up to detachment of a slide raft in a ditching, involving simulated passenger crowd and external hazards at the exits, to better prepare cabin crew for all eventualities? We at LAT have built special VR hubs to facilitate simultaneous training of several trainees supported by an avatar system to achieve a higher learning effect in less time. We are confident that such new technologies would well suit the parameters for implementing competency based training and integrated assessment in a realistic manner, hence, even substituting part of written tests.