Former Delta Captain

One is a retired Delta Airlines pilot and U.S. Air Force veteran.Another is a retired U.S. Air Force air traffic controller, a full-time accounting student and plays the trumpet in the Auburn Marching Band on football Saturdays.Both will guide Harbert College of Business Aviation and Supply Chain Management students as visiting instructors this fall.Capt. Carl Thompson, who piloted a variety of aircraft at Delta Airlines for nearly 30 years, and Joe Fetsch, who retired from the U.S. Air Force as a colonel in 2012 and worked for 25 years as a military air traffic controller, will teach four classes. Fetsch will instruct Applied Analysis of Transportation, while Thompson will instruct Introduction to Aviation, Meteorology Today, and Commercial Aviation Safety.

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Both have many years of experience in industry and/or the U.S. Air Force, said Joe Hanna, Associate Dean for Research and Outreach, and Regions Bank Professor.Both of these individuals will bring an immediate boost to the aviation programs by providing high quality instruction and bringing with them numerous industry and military contacts.

Thompson, a 1971 Auburn graduate from Chattanooga, Tenn., with a degree in Aviation Management, said he can bring the textbook to life because I've lived it.

Joe Fetsch served as an air traffic controller in the U.S. Air Force for 25 years.

I have military flying experience in Vietnam and as a commercial airline pilot, said Thompson. I can tell war stories that aren't in the textbooks. I want to excite their (students) minds like our minds we're excited 30 and 40 years ago and inspire them into a career in aviation.

Thompson said his classes will not only hear his stories from the field, but he has already scheduled five professionals in the aviation industry to speak to students. Maj. Gen. Scotty Hammond, a captain at Delta and retired general from the Georgia Air National Guard and current ALPA Safety Officer, will address Thompsons Commercial Aviation Safety and Introduction to Aviation classes on Sept. 23 in Lowder Hall room 111.

Ms. Patricia Atwell, Aviation Services Meteorologist for the National Weather Service office in Peachtree City, Ga., will speak in Thompsons Meteorology Today class on Sept. 26. Atwell coordinates information between the National Weather Service office and flight operations at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta and Atlanta ARTCC (Atlanta Center).

Capt. Chris Fredrick, Regional/Atlanta Chief Pilot for Delta Airlines, will address ThompsonsIntro to Aviation and Commercial Aviation Safetyclass on Sept. 30. Thompson said Delta Airlines Senior Vice President of Flight Operations Capt. Stephen Dixon and Capt. Lisa Brockenbrough, a 1982 Auburn graduate,will also address his classes this fall. Dates have not yet been set.

Fetsch explained that Applied Analysis of Transportation will deal with routing issues, particularly from an airlines point-of-view.

We will study how do you service these airports effectively with what you have? he said. I'm trying to tie it to aviation, but the class will also focus on trucking and how to get move products efficiently. The shortest route isn't always the fastest. There are different ways to analyze problems.

I want this class to be applicable to their futures, not just in theory.

Much of Fetschs Air Force duties included the heavy-tasked job of helping direct traffic in the skies.

Military air traffic control is different than civil air traffic control, he said. You have to be very flexible in accomplishing your mission. We have to be able to think on our feet a little faster than the average guy in the airport.

Though he's already earned an undergraduate degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering (Clarkson University) and masters in Management (Webster University) and Military Operational Art and Science (Air University), Fetsch is determined to become a CPA and expects to earn his undergraduate in accounting from Auburn in 2014.

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