Brief overview of GA

  • Established in July 2009 by Bahrain’s Mumtalakat Holding Company with the aim to provide highest quality end-to-end aviation training solutions for the MENA region.
  • The simulator building has the capacity to house 7 simulators, now houses 5 brand new simulators in addition to the Embraer simulator in Amsterdam.
  • State of the art facilities and technology in its strategic training location in Bahrain with experienced management team.
  • Academy currently employs 43+ permanent employees and 40+ part time instructors.
  • GAA continues to position itself well in the marketplace and achieve competitive advantage.

Augmented Reality

  • Superimposing virtual objects into the real world
  • Learn using your own smartphone & tablets to familiarize on an equipment
  • Training programs will be mapped through LMS/TMS
  • Exercises, quizzes and exams will be provided during training
  • All contents can be fully customized meeting your requirements

Virtual Reality

  • Leave the real world into a fully immersive experience
  • Complete immersed experience digitized to bring your actual work location into any training location
  • Your office and work ground can be 100% cloned for an excellent virtual reality experience while training
  • Solution can adapt any training need along with implemented all scenarios required to conduct the training
  • Exercises, quizzes and exams will be provided during the training

How XR improves competency

XR training can help learners to better understand complex concepts quickly and efficiently. By placing learners in a simulated environment, XR training can make it easier for them to learn new skills faster and apply it better in real-world situations.

XR Training Benefits

  • Power of Action Through Gamification
  • Safe & Controlled Training Environment
  • Realistic and bespoke scenarios
  • User monitoring and analysis
  • Reduction in on-job human errors
  • Reduction in training time
  • Show consequences & what-if scenarios
  • Increased flexibility to train in unsafe environments
  • Real-time guidance & feedback
  • Remote Trainings

Sample Floor Plan for AR Experience Centre

Augmented Reality Zone

Here the User will be experiencing the Augmented Reality Experience in an immersive and interactive way within the AR Zone. User will be having the Tablets/iPads with installed training modules.

Sample Floor Plan for VR Experience Centre

Virtual Reality Zone

The user will be experiencing Virtual Reality in an immersive interactive way within the VR Zone. VR headset allows users to move around in the virtual environment and interact with objects using its front facing camera that blends items into the virtual world.

Also, with the aid of two handheld controllers equipped with a variety of sensors, the headset recognizes movements quickly and smoothly allowing for accurate interactions.

List of Airport Ground Handling Operations

Associating GAA with state of art innovation by introducing current ground courses program into the VR/AR world

  • Air Condition Unit
  • Air Starter Unit
  • Passenger Steps
  • Pushback Tractor
  • Marshalling
  • Ground Power Unit
  • Headset Operation
  • Lavatory & Potable Water Unit
  • High Loader
  • Catering Truck

VR Training Modules

In these VR training modules, the user gets an immersive & hands-on experience with self-guided steps for performing the operations on ground handling equipment. Since the training modules replicate the actual SOP of ground handling operations, the user obtains the same outputs and experience of performing the SOP/ procedure as it would be in a real-life scenario. This VR training enables to user to learn & train by doing the operation themselves

Module Customization Packages

The standard customization of the VR Training modules includes:

  • White labelling of the VR training modules
  • Customized Menu (environment, color theme etc.)
  • Addition in Pre-screening mode (Information, Images, videos etc.)
  • In-module branding & logo
  • Customized Airport environment
  • Storyboard sessions
  • Modification & Addition in the operation’s sequence (up to 5 steps per module)
  • Customized Evaluation Reports

Air Condition Unit

Aircraft air conditioning unit is used to provide cold air & hot air to the aircraft while parked on the ground. It will keep a convenient temperature for passengers in relation to ambient circumstances. Aircraft air conditioning unit is used to provide cold air & hot air to the aircraft while parked on the ground. It will keep a convenient temperature for passengers in relation to ambient circumstances.

Air Starter Unit

Used for starting aircraft engines equipped with air starter. It supplies necessary quantity of air at specified pressure through one/two or three hoses attached to the aircraft under belly.

In this training module, the users will learn about the safety precautions and the procedure of connecting the air starter unit to the aircraft.


In this module the users will learn marshalling signals in an interactive and immersive simulation, in this user-friendly simulation the user will train for marshalling in training mode and the users will also have access to evaluation mode where they can test their skills and receive reports based on their performance.

Upon completing this module, the user will be able to perform marshalling signals.

Passenger Steps

Aircraft Passenger Steps are very important for aircraft travel, to allow for a safe and easy passage entry and exit of the aircraft and to provide a mobile means to traverse between aircraft doors and the ground.

Upon completing this module, you will learn how to operate passenger steps services.

Pushback Tractor

Pushback is an airport procedure during which an aircraft is pushed backwards away from its parking position, usually at an airport gate by external power. Pushbacks are carried out by special, low-profile vehicles called pushback tractors or tugs.

This module will cover both Conventional and Non-Conventional Pushback tractor and the user will learn the complete pushback procedure along with the safety precautions that are recommended while this procedure.

Case Study of AR and VR implementation

An aircraft that’s always on hand for training

  • The Gulf Aviation Academy (GAA) along with Air France KLM, and Gulf Air tore up the rulebook for training in aeronautic maintenance. We introduced a cuttingedge innovation using mixed-reality technologies ie. by using AR and VR.
  • Complex mechanical systems and components of Boeing 787 seen in Trent and GE Engines were accurately recreated using AR and VR technologies and superimposed on to a virtual environment over the trainee's real surroundings to allow them to explore and train without any physical constraints.
  • This new training method has taken on a technological as well as an ecological dimension, by eliminating the need to transport trainees or components.
  • The EASA and Bahrain Civil Aviation Authority gladly endorsed this collective initiative of integrating the practical training into the classroom environment thereby reducing the turnaround time which otherwise had to be undertaken on an actual aircraft.

Case Study of AR and VR implementation

VR Fire Training Solution deployed for Bahrain Airport Firefighters

  • The VR Fire solution offered by GAA is the world’s first immersive technology enabled firefighter training solution that enables the trainer to take the live fire training ground into the classroom.
  • This solution combines high fidelity virtual hazardous fire environments, audio and industry standard equipment to deliver a fully immersive, multi-sensory, physical experience that enables firefighters to train more, learn more and be better prepared for the risks they face when delivering their service to the community.
  • With a set-up time of less than 15 minutes, training firefighters in risk awareness, hazard anticipation and fire suppression tactics is made simple by this fully immersive learning approach.

Case Study of AR and VR implementation

VR Fire Training Solution deployed for Bahrain Airport Firefighters

The Science of Fire

The fire behaviour in the immersive environments applies the dynamics of fire, water, smoke, heat and foam. These environments have been developed based on fire research shared by its global partners so that what a trainee experiences in the immersive training environment is what they would face in the same scenario in real life.

Algorithms that replicate fire and reaction

The development team models not just the visual environment but also the burning and reaction of materials to fire - meaning that the way the fire progresses in our environments and mimics how it would move and respond to fire suppressants in the real world

Developed from evidence-based research at Deakin University’s Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation, the proprietary algorithms mimic real fire behaviour including; movement, smoke, flashover and explosions

Case Study of AR and VR implementation