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Daytona Beach Campus College of Aviation Advances Flight Training with New High-Tech Videos

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s College of Aviation at the Daytona Beach Campus has created new, groundbreaking high-definition videos designed to serve as high-tech supplements to the training provided by Embry-Riddle’s flight instructors and professors. The series of 46 flight-training videos are available free online on Embry-Riddle’s Special VFR YouTube page.

“While flight-training videos have been around since World War II, no university with a flight-training program has fully capitalized on recent technology and produced such engaging and instructive training videos,” said Dr. Ken Byrnes, Chairman of Embry-Riddle’s Flight Department in Daytona Beach. “We decided to release the videos on YouTube because we see this as an opportunity to improve flight training industry-wide.”

The videos are part of an interactive multimedia course known as PACE (Pre-Activity Computer Exercises) that allows Embry-Riddle students to prepare for their flight lessons with a combination of videos, interactive multimedia, online gaming and testing. By using these activities ahead of time, students can approach a flight well prepared to receive instruction more effectively with foundational knowledge before they begin each course unit.

“Our video staff is a unique group of multimedia professionals with experience in flight instruction, 3D animation, filmmaking and even air carrier operations,” said Mark Avellino, head of Special VFR Productions. “We have combined this knowledge to produce the most advanced flight-training material available today, and we want to share these videos with everyone to make flying safer and even more enjoyable.”

Aviation 101

In addition to the new series of videos, a fundamental web-based course for beginning pilots is also available free to the public through a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) called Aviation101. This free course has been used by thousands of pilots and individuals interested in learning to fly and can be found at www.aviation101.org.

Embry-Riddle Flight Department Contact: Dr. Ken Byrnes, Flight Department Chairman, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla.; Office: (386) 226-6893; kenneth.byrnes@erau.edu

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is a nonprofit, independent institution offering more than 80 baccalaureate, master’s and Ph.D. degree programs in its colleges of Arts & Sciences, Aviation, Business, Engineering and Security & Intelligence. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., through the Worldwide Campus with more than 125 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and through online programs. The university is a major research center, seeking solutions to real-world problems in partnership with the aerospace industry, other universities and government agencies. For more information, visit erau.edu, follow us on Twitter (@EmbryRiddle) and facebook.com/EmbryRiddleUniversity, and find expert videos at YouTube.com/EmbryRiddleUniv.