CAPT/Diamond Program at Embry-Riddle Marks Successful First
The CAPT (Commercial
Airline Pilot Training) Program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University has had a successful first year, with more than 50
students enrolled heading toward jobs, and Diamond Aircraft's
innovative new DA42 Twin Star due to join the CAPT fleet.
"CAPT's first two
graduates received their Boeing MD-90 EFD captain's type ratings
and finished the program in May of this year," says Paul Woessner,
executive director of the CAPT Program. "Both of them are
interviewing with the same airline and are likely to be hired soon.
We should have six more graduates this fall."
Developed in cooperation with domestic airlines, CAPT is a
unique fast-track airline-specific training program that blends
proficiency-based flight training, aeronautical academics, and
advanced simulation for individuals who want to become regional
airline pilots. For students with zero flight time, the program can
take as little as one year.
The CAPT program is geared toward degreed individuals (about 10
percent are female). Entry requirements are strict, prospective
students fill out a lengthy questionnaire. A background check,
including criminal, credit and driving is done. Finally a personal
interview is done.
CAPT will become the first US customer of the DA42 Twin Star
when it adds three of them to its fleet in late 2004.
"We are delighted that Embry-Riddle will be our first US
customer because its reputation sends a message to other potential
customers," says Peter Maurer, president of Diamond Aircraft.
Maurer added "Embry-Riddle's demand for safety and excellence
tells the aviation world that while the Twin Star is new and
revolutionary, its design and engines are solid and
A twin-engine propeller aircraft with four seats, the Twin Star
is the world's first airplane to feature a diesel engine that burns
jet fuel, full-authority digital engine control (FADEC), and the
Garmin G1000 all-glass instrument panel. A Twin Star and a Diamond
Star, both painted in CAPT's markings, will be displayed at
Diamond's booth at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004 for the remainder of
"CAPT cadets will find that using the Twin Star's advanced
all-glass avionics and FADEC engine controls quickly and thoroughly
prepares them for the Boeing MD-90 EFD jetliner, which uses similar
systems," says Woessner. "This process will really smooth the way
for CAPT cadets to earn the captain's type rating in that jetliner,
which is required for graduation. The whole package makes each CAPT
cadet a perfect new-hire for an airline."
The Twin Star's diesel engines burn jet fuel instead of the
aviation gas used by piston-engine aircraft, thereby saving money
and acclimating students to managing engines that burn jet
With the FADEC system, the pilot moves only one lever to control
each engine. The computer automatically adjusts the pitch of the
propeller, the fuel mixture, and other elements the pilot would
have to control manually in a conventional piston-engine aircraft.
The sophisticated FADEC system has previously been available only
in advanced jet aircraft.
The Twin Star's completely computerized Garmin G1000 instrument
panel uses two large flat-panel screens to present all navigation,
instrument, and aircraft information to the pilot, replacing
old-style analog instruments.
We are pleased to continue to strengthen our relationship with
Embry-Riddle. Embry Riddle, who already operates 28 of our
DA20-C1's at the US Air Force Academy and 10 of our conventional
DA40's in their CAPT program, is a perfect partner. With ERAU's
reputation for safety, excellence and innovation, the selection of
Diamond Aircraft for their CAPT program is particularly
gratifying," said Peter Maurer of Diamond Aircraft.
CAPT is also the U.S. launch customer of Diamond's DA40FP
Diamond Star, equipped with the Garmin G1000 flat-panel system.
CAPT will take delivery of 10 Diamond Stars in early 2005.
Besides Diamond aircraft and a Boeing MD-90 EFD Level-D
full-flight simulator, the CAPT Program also uses Frasca 142 and
Mechtronix King Air flight-training devices.
In late 2004 CAPT will move to a new airline-style facility
built to its specifications at Flagler County Airport, 30 miles
north of Daytona Beach.