Delta recognizes National Aviation Day with youth graduates of Solo Flight Academy

In recognition of National Aviation Day, Delta highlights two graduates of Solo Flight Academy as they prepare to pilot their first flights as sole captains, the company said.

The two recently graduated from the Delta-sponsored program that offers youth aged 16-19 aviation education, training and mentoring by the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals, or OBAP. Solo Flight Academy is one part of OBAP´s larger Atlanta Aviation Career Education program.

After two weeks, the program culminates with the students´ graduation, or completing their first solo flight.

In the next decade, Delta expects to hire more than 8,000 pilots. The airline is committed to supporting these future aviators and through its new Propel Pilot Career Path Program, will help identify, select and develop the next generation of Delta pilots.