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All-computer pilot training; Delta Air Lines is busily replacing slide-and- tape training program with terminals for ground-school training of flight crews.

Delta Air Lines is moving into a totally computer-based pilot-training program, allowing its training to remain "state of the art," in keeping with its rapidly growing pilot force and acquisition of new fleets of glass-cockpit aircraft.

The airline has orders and options on 349 new aircraft, including 44 McDonnell Douglas MD-11s, 113 Boeing 737-300s, 63 757s, 10 767-300s, 19 767-300ERs and 100 MD-90s. It also is hiring 90 new pilots per month. To handle its proposed growth, Delta started "looking seriously" at a totally computer-basedtraining program "about four years ago," said Larry T. Patrick, system manager-ground training.

The company already had some computerized programs for its early 767s, obtained from Boeing. "These were monochrome screens from Control Data," he said. Then, it went with Regency Systems of Champagne, Ill., using systems that also had the monochrome screens and "only offered limited success," Patrick said.

"We felt there had to be advancements in hardware and courseware that would fit Delta's classroom methodology. We were looking at [available] hardware and its ability to take courseware, integration, graphics, interaction capability, speed of graphic display, animation and growth capability. …

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