Since cadets are required to jump from planes while attending the Academy, the United States Air Force Academy wanted to provide a fun and engaging way to introduce new cadets to the world of parachuting, including when to jump, pull their chute, as well as how to control the chute.
The use of a 3D simulation allows users to learn when to jump out of a moving plane, when to pull the cord for the parachute, as well as how to steer the parachute to land in a certain area without leaving the comfort of their home. This simulation is built into a web-based virtual campus tour and users are able to earn points through the simulation that can be used to purchase items from the virtual store. By continuing to practice, a user can continue to earn points as they learn the proper techniques.
The paratrooper simulation has been one of the most popular simulations within the browser-based virtual world because it is not only fun and challenging, but provides an engaging learning experience for all users.