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Fri, Mar 05, 2010

Delta Connection Academy Names Paul Woessner As Senior VP

Brings Experience As A Pilot, Educator, And Training Program Developer

Delta Connection Academy (DCA) announced Thursday that Paul Woessner, Jr. has been named senior vice president of the academy. Woessner brings a passion for aviation and years of demonstrated entrepreneurial skills and experience in management, program development, operations, sales and marketing to the flight training academy.

"As an FAA commercial pilot, Paul knows what it takes to train and mentor top-notch cadets and he brings a wealth of aviation experience to the academy," said Delta Connection Academy Marketing Manager Rachel Bragg. "Not only is he skilled at developing innovative flight training programs and winning Fortune 500 contracts, his passion for aviation will be an asset in managing the academy and promoting an unparalleled curriculum and  learning environment."

Prior to joining the DCA team, Woessner was with Boeing Training & Flight Services where he spent four years as a director of flight resources and Multi-Crew Pilot License (MPL). He developed Boeing's MPL program including the curriculum for Chinese, Canadian and Australian programs, beta tested the programs and monitored cadet training. Responsibilities also included interfacing with airline leaders and operations level managers, pilots and instructors, as well as serving as a subject matter expert for flight training and contracting training providers ensuring adherence to Boeing standards.

"The opportunity to come on board with a premier flight school was too good to pass up," said Woessner, (pictured, right) who has 30 years of experience in aviation and flight training.  "I am looking forward to working with the outstanding team here at the academy to build on their reputation of excellence and move ahead as a global leader in flight training and pilot provisioning."
Woessner's background also includes serving as the North America director of fleet sales for Diamond Aircraft Industries, Inc., the executive director of the Center for Aviation Training at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, vice president and general manager at U.S. Airship Leasing, Inc. and president of Virgin Lightships, Inc. /Vintage Airways, Inc.

Woessner holds a Bachelor of Science from Iowa State University where he was a member of Sigma Tau Gama. He was the first man to successfully fly a balloon across Lake Michigan, holds National Aeronautic Association world records, has twice been named a World Hot Air Balloon Champion and regularly speaks at aviation conferences.

In addition to its main campus at the Orlando/Sanford International Airport, the academy is the flight training partner for three colleges and universities across the United States and has a total enrollment of more than 700 flight students.



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