I’m not sure how I feel about this. On the one hand, there are few people with more experience at this sort of thing than I have. On the other hand, I’d have to say that we’ve found that VW/VR-based training seems to be suitable for tasks which closely mirror the training environment, which is to say that tasks which will be carried out using purely-digital UIs.
The missing piece, or rather an important missing piece seems to be that VW/VR-based status displays could offer some interesting enhancements to traditional "steam gauge" technology. NOAA, for instance, has a weather map of the United States that they’ve implemented in SecondLife. It uses 3D objects to show things like storm systems, etc. And,since the display is 100+ feet across (according to your avatar’s size), you can "fly" through US weather, lending a perspective that couldn’t be seen in any other fashion.
Would having a pipeline simulated in this fashion be helpful?