Joe DePaola

Joe is a founding member of Training Technology International. He specializes in Visual Systems, Motion and Simulator Standards

 Joe DePaola - Biography 

Joe’s career in flight simulation began in The United States Air Force when he was trained and qualified as an instructor on the Link Trainer in the Aviation Cadet Pilot Training Program at Williams Air Force Base in Arizona. Upon completion of his military service Joe joined Eastern Airlines Flight Operations Organization serving for three years as an instructor using the Dehmal Duplicator, a more advanced version of the Link Trainer built by Curtis Wright Aircraft Co.

In 1960 he joined American Airlines flight training group as a ground school instructor on the Boeing 707, Lockheed Electra and Convair 990 programs using analogue flight simulators.  In 1964 when the airline expanded and centralized all flight training at DFW Airport, Texas Joe was assigned to a team responsible for the procurement, factory acceptance, and regulatory qualification of the airline’s first digital simulators.  Following this assignment Joe became head of the department responsible for ongoing serviceability and quality assurance of nineteen flight simulators, visual systems and other training devices. Joe has extensive experience with visual systems from the early closed circuit TV model boards up to the current computer generated visual systems technology. He retired from American Airlines in 1987 as Director Simulator Support.

Following retirement Joe represented American Airlines on FAA/Industry working groups formed to revise the FAA Advisory Circulars pertaining to Airplane Simulator and Flight Training Device Qualification. He is a past Chairman of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Flight Simulator Technical Sub-Committee. In 1990 he was elected Chairman of the Royal Aeronautical Society working group that developed and published an internationally recognized ICAO simulator qualification standard that formed the basis for the current JAR FSTD a & H documents and FAA Regulation Part 60. Other post retirement functions as an industry consultant included work for clients such as United Parcel Service Airline, SimuFlite Training, Evans & Sutherland Visual Systems and McDonnell Douglas Training Systems (US Military KC-10 and C-17 Programs). He is a member of the Advisory Board at Southern Illinois University School of Aviation Technologies.

In Sept. 2000 Joe was presented with the Ed Link Award by the ARINC Flight Simulator Engineering and Maintenance Conference (FSEMC) in Toulouse, France.

He is a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a retired member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

- 15 June 2013