Auburn University, Delta Air Lines partner to develop next generation of pilots

Auburn University and Delta Air Lines have announced they have partnered to develop the next generation of pilots with the opening of a Delta Aviation Education Building at Auburn, the companies said.

With a USD 6.2 million grant by Delta Air Lines, the Delta Air Lines Foundation and the Jacobson Family Foundation, the Aviation Education Building will feature an Air Bus 320 airliner simulator.

The USD 6.2 million gift is also providing funding for the university´s Radio Frequency Identification, or RFID Lab, and it will create endowed faculty professorships within Auburn´s Department of Aviation, home of one of the longest standing public flight programs in the country.

The investment in the RFID Lab will provide a dedicated Delta Air Lines Aviation Sensor ID Bay to facilitate research and create an experiential learning center that will include executive, student, and industry teaching capabilities. Delta´s support will further the overall growth of RFID applications and contributions to sensor technology solutions across aviation to create the air travel experience of the future.

Alongside the launch of the Delta Air Lines Aviation Education Building, Delta also recently selected Auburn as one of just eight colleges nationwide to launch the Delta Propel Pilot Career Path Program.

The Delta Propel Pilot Career Path Program has three main areas of focus–college, company, and community. This three-pronged approach will help Delta support future aviators as well as current Delta employees who have a passion for aviation and strong interest in becoming a Delta pilot.