New Device for Delta Academy

23rd Sep 2003

Delta Connection Academy has added a new Jet Training Device at its main campus in Sanford, Fla., that helps student pilots make the transition from propeller-driven training aircraft to jet operations. The simulator is based on the Bombardier CRJ-200 series regional jet—an aircraft used extensively by Delta Connection program carriers.

Delta Connection Academy students who have received multi-engine flight training on the twin-engine Piper Seminole will use the Jet Training Device to help them adjust to the more complex operations of today`s sophisticated regional jets. This highly effective training tool is designed to introduce student pilots to today`s advanced flight decks and provides training on systems like Electronic Flight Information System (EFIS), Engine Information and Crew Alert System (EICAS), auto-pilot and the Flight Management System (FMS). The device offers a substantial degree of reality by featuring a three- channel projected visual system, two-seat cockpit, dual flight controls, a full navigation system, and an actual Collins FMS (Flight Management Systems) software program. These systems allow student pilots to approximate the experience of an airline pilot during an actual revenue flight operated with a Bombardier CRJ.

“This new Jet Training Device will become a key component to our already- proven training curriculum,” said John O`Brien, the Academy`s vice president of operations. “The additional capability offered by this realistic training tool enhances Delta Connection Academy`s ability to prepare our students for the needs of today`s airline industry.”

The Jet Training Device is the result of a collaborative development project between Delta Connection Academy and Frasca International, a leader in the design and production of flight training products.

“The academy and Frasca used their respective areas of expertise to develop a training tool that specifically targets student pilots making the transition between propeller and jet operations,” said Susan Burrell, academy president. “This includes the academy`s extensive background in training new pilots for Delta Connection carriers and the industry`s leading regional jet program.”


To complement its new Jet Training Device, Delta Connection Academy also is incorporating the Aerosim CRJ 200 Visual Flight Deck(TM) into its training program. This enhances classroom instruction students receive on aircraft systems and operating procedures. This complex software is the same pilot training technology in use at regional carriers in the Delta Connection system.

Besides its main campus at Orlando Sanford International Airport, Delta Connection Academy operates two satellite campuses in Florida at Jacksonville University and Broward Community College. The Academy added a third satellite campus last January at Bridgewater State College near Boston, Mass.

A wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) , Delta Connection Academy has produced more FAA-certified pilots in the past four years than any other flight school in the world. With a fleet of more than 110 aircraft, Delta Connection Academy has trained students from 86 different countries and has placed pilots with 26 airlines. For more information, visit Delta Connection Academy online at or call 1-800-U-CAN-FLY. For more on Delta, please visit .



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