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Classroom instruction, computer-based training, flight simulation, and aircraft are used to train pilots. New immersive technologies and associated learning methods are used to train military pilots and may have value in civilian pilot training. This paper describes a study to explore the efficacy of using Virtual Reality (VR) Head-mounted Displays (HMDs) to support the training of the emerging pilot workforce. Participants were ab-initio civilian pilot students enrolled in a collegiate aviation program. Participants learned commercial aircraft preflight tasks using one of three methods. The control group used a combination of traditional classroom lectures and simulator sessions; one experimental group used VR to augment classroom instruction and simulator training; the other received classroom instruction and used VR to replace simulator training. Participants' performance was evaluated at a partner air carrier. Researchers completed a preliminary data analysis to understand the effectiveness of the training provided with results presented in this paper.