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Controlling their destiny: with fleet rationalization progressing, AMR Eagle works to standardize flight-crew training for all of its owned feeders. (Commuter-Regional World)

With fleet rationalization progressing, AMR Eagle works to standardize flight-crew training for all of its owned feeders.

Dallas-The American Airlines Flight Academy is a sprawling, multifaceted facility adjacent to one of the world's largest international airports, Dallas-Ft. Worth. On any given day, many pilots and flight attendants can be seen undergoing initial and recurrent training. it has been that way since the early 1970s.

But now something new is taking root hard by DFW. Baby brother American Eagle, an AMR subsidiary that provides feeder service to American's hubs, is developing a look-like, albeit smaller training facility within the academy, replete with numerous Phase 11 simulators, advanced training devices, several classrooms for computer-based training and a systems control center, where flight dispatchers, meteorologists and Eagle crew schedulers work as a team. All five owned Eagle airlines will be on line sometime this month. Eagle flight attendants also will be trained here.

A predictable conclusion: This latest development is the next step in American's master plan for creating a top-flight feeder network. That assumption is partially true. Two years ago, American began acquiring most of its regional partners. Financially ailing Metro Airlines remains the only independent Eagle affiliate. …

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