Science, Not Fiction

A simulated UAV engine in 3D Science, Not Fiction

Using technology, coordinates and sketches come to life and become aircrafts


Science, Not Fiction

The end of notebook and pens: Laptops will be placed in the underground bunkers The Technical Formation looks toward the future: laptops in bunkers, glasses that scan plane stats before take off and simulators for arming bombs

Tal Michael

From now on in the Technical Formation, old maintenance books will be replaced with laptops and electronic books manufactured by the force. For the Technical Formation, it is only the beginning of an era of new startups and technological advancement which will open the door to the next century.

Imagine, for example, another day in the military: you arrive at the underground hangar to maintain an airplane and take out a little pouch from your overall and reach for your glasses. A brief look will suck you into a world of numbers and data that will help you gauge the current condition of the airplane. “It may sound imaginary, but that’s where we are aiming for”, explains Lieutenant Colonel Shlomi Gaon, commander of the instruction formation in the IAF Technical base, who is aiming to designate technology for educational purposes. “Human nature doesn’t change, but technology waits for no one. If we learn how to use what the world offers it will take us further to better solutions”.

Push for Notifications

As previously mentioned, one of the advancements planned is replacing the convoluted books filled with technical language used by technicians with digital books. With the help of laptops, they can utilize animated computer software that details the different stages of the maintenance operations, starting with washing the aircraft ending with the critical check of the cockpit right before takeoff. “As opposed to the usual books, which have old and modern versions, the electronic books will be updated with the press of a button”, explained Warrant Officer Ziv, who is responsible for the maintenance of combat helicopters and the initiation of the project.

Not Just in Avatar

Even outside of planet Pandora, those in the blue uniforms are anxious to find out what they can do with the third dimension. In the IAF’s Technical Academy in Haifa, behind lab door number two you can say that fantasy turns into reality: The workshop of 3D experts. Five soldiers in their 20’s are establishing coordinates and sketches in order to turn them into loud aircrafts and rumbling wings.

“This is the engine of a UAV”, explains one of the 3D artists, Corporal Alon Trachtenberg and points at the screen where very realistic looking thin tubes and valves are seen.”Usually they don’t teach about its inside parts, since you can’t realistically cut an engine for an instructional session and to turn it on correctly. The logical solution is a 3D video.

Is it a bit hard to believe? “Obviously thing won’t happen immediately, but we have no doubt that we’ll be seeing significant advancements in the instructional world”, states Major Ronit Ben Nun, commander of the experimental and advancement unit of the technical airbase. “Education for me isn’t just technology. It’s easy to talk about technology and to plan the future, but we cannot forget that there is no substitute for the human touch”.