|Delta Virtual Airlines STAFF ROSTER
|Joe Burner is the President and CEO of Delta Virtual Airlines, and the Chief Pilot in our new A350 program. Joe's flight simulation began back when he was a child. Many years later in early 2015 Joe discovered an article online about virtual airlines. It is here where Joe discovered Delta Virtual Airlines. Joe was so intrigued by this, and on April 23 2015, Joe joined Delta Virtual Airlines in the CRJ program. He then moved up to different programs such as, A320, 737, 757, 767, 777 programs where he spent the longest in 777 program.
When Joe is not flying in the virtual skies, he is usually spending time with his wonderful and amazing wife, and their dogs Hershey and their newest addition Kit. Joe is currently a student pursuing a degree in computer programming, software development. Joe's hobbies outside of flight simulation include, weight lifting, hiking, fishing, camping, hunting. Joe, a native from Virginia, he moved to Utah six years ago to be with his amazing wife. Joe is also a converted Utah Utes fan. Go Utes!
Vice President (COO)
|Chris is our Vice President, Chief Operating Officer (COO), for Delta Virtual Airlines. Chris served as an Assistant Director of Operations and was our former Chief Pilot for our A320, 757, and MD-11 programs.
Vice President (CTO)
|Luke Kolin is our Vice President of Information Technology, Chief Technology Officer at Delta Virtual Airlines.
Vice President (Training)
|Danny Evans is our Vice President of Pilot Training here at Delta Virtual Airlines. Real world Danny instructed as a CFI,CFII, and MEI before moving on to fly a Lear 45 completing medevac missions and now flies a Citation XLS for corporate. He has been with Delta VA since 2010 with a wide range of experience in sims and aircraft.
Vice President (Human Resources)
|Jim is our Vice President and Director of Human Resources. In addition was also a CFI in our Flight Academy. He has had a love of airplanes since childhood. Jim became interested in simming several years ago but became hooked when he found Delta Virtual Airlines. He has 4 grown children, seven grandchildren and lives with his wife in Mesa AZ.
Delta Fly! Editor in Chief
|Alex is our Editor in Chief for the Delta Fly! newsletter. He's been an avid flight simmer since Flight Simulator 5.1, these days spending his time between MSFS and X-Plane 11 (and now figuring out X-Plane 12). Also, sometimes you can catch Alex online as a tower controller in the Boston vARTCC class C/D airports (a great time to work on VFR skills or get used to the VATSIM environment before hitting the major airspaces).
Alex brings 10+ years real world Communications experience to Delta Virtual Airlines and looks forward to working with the DVA community to make great content for Delta Fly! Alex was born and raised in New England, likes his oysters raw and his lobstah rolls with Mayonnaise (sorry not sorry Connecticut).
|My name is Alex and I am the Director of Training here at Delta Virtual Airlines. My passion for aviation started at 6 years old while on-board a Northwest Airlines B752 landing in Portland, OR (PDX). Since then, it has flourished into a full career and the love for aviation continues today.
I have my Aircraft Dispatcher license from the FAA and have, previously, worked as a Dispatcher for a Part 121 carrier. Currently, I am serving as a Training Administrator for an ARTCC, within VATUSA. Previously, I was a Deputy Division Director, a Division Training Director, and a member of the Pilot Training Department's leadership team.
Director (Events, Dispatch)
|Daniel Wilbanks is our Director of Events and Dispatch and has been with DVA since August 2010. Prior to becoming Events Director, Daniel served as an Asst. Events Director, and Asst. Chief Pilot in both the 737 and 767 programs. On VATSIM, Daniel has served as a Deputy Air Traffic Manager and is a former controller at the Atlanta ARTCC and acting VATSIM Supervisor. In the real world, he is working towards becoming a commercial pilot, obtaining his PPL in June 2018. Outside of aviation, he enjoys gaming, hiking, and traveling, among other things. Daniel lives just outside Atlanta, GA with his wife and dog.
|A DVA veteran, provides administration advice and services. David lives in Charlotte, NC with wife and son. He enjoys long walks, puppies and thinks mean people are icky. :)
|Will takes aviation seriously with more than 15 years flight simming starting with MS-DOS Flight Simulator to constructing a full-scale B737 flight deck in his basement. Delta Virtual Airlines is home for the past 5 years where he headed up for a period of time the combined B757/B767 program. For the past 2 years, Will was the chief pilot of the 767 program. Will and his wife live in Birmingham where he is a prosecutor for the Department of Justice.
Chief Pilot (A330)
|Salem Gbian is the Chief Pilot in our A330 program.
After earning his FS ratings, he began his virtual flying career at Cyberavia (the first French virtual airline) as an EMB-120ER First Officer and later got promoted to First Officer in the B737-800 and then became a Captain.
He got hired by DVA in 2009 as a B737-800 First Officer and worked his way up through the B767, B747, B777, and A330 programs.
A lifelong aviation enthusiast, he holds a real world Private Pilot Licence ( PPL(A) ) with a night rating endorsement. He is a Junior Software Engineer with a Bachelor degree in Computer Software Engineering.
Chief Pilot (B717)
|Jay Marin is the Chief Pilot in the new B717 program, also former Chief Pilot of our DC6 historical program. He also provided dispatch services at one point. Jay also served as an Assistant Director of Events for 4 years.
He started using the flight simulator with the release of FS 5.0 and has been enjoying the world of simulation for many years. He is amazed at how the simulation has evolved.
Jay served 4 years in the US Army and while stationed in Ft Wainwright, Alaska, took his VFR private pilot certificate. After leaving the military he advanced to VFR ME certificate. Most of the flying was done in a Piper Aztec. Jay does not fly any longer as is unable to obtain a medical certificate due to some medical issues. Jay is also a retired ATC. Jay enjoys listening to a variety of music, the outdoors and relaxing with family and friends.
Jay joined DVA in 2012 and has been enjoying it ever since.
Chief Pilot (B737)
|Scott is an Assistant Director of Operations, and the Chief Pilot of the DVA 737 team. His passion for aviation started when he built a 29¢ model of a P-51 Mustang in the early 60s. After high school he moved to California and began flying R/C airplanes. He flew R/C sailplanes competitively on a local and national level in the 70s and was the president of the local Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) chartered club, the Hemet Model Masters. While working weekends for a R/W sailplane operation at Hemet-Ryan Airport (HMT) he soloed in a C150 and was very close to obtaining his PPL but had to stop due to full-time work demands. He's been 'simming' on and off since FS 1.0. In 2009 he built a quad-core system just for FSX and a few months later discovered VATSIM and DVA and was hooked on online flying. 6,400+ flights, 13,200+ hours, & 4.8 million nautical miles later, it's more fun than ever. In the real world he's been the Assistant Network Admin for the City of Moreno Valley, CA for over 22 years.
Chief Pilot (747)
|Ken is the Chief Pilot in our 747 program and an Assistant Director of Operations. A flight sim enthusiast dating back to the "Original Microsoft Flight Simulator' for the Commodore 64/Atari880 computer. A student pilot taking Part 141 Private Pilot Instruction, as well as a Long-haul Truck Driver using his job to fund his Aviation and Flight Sim hobby. Joined Delta Virtual in September 2015.
Chief Pilot (B757)
|Greg Bogosian is the Chief Pilot in our B757 program. His flight sim history begins with FS 2004 in 2007, FSX and later, FSX: SE. He is a retired US Navy E6 working at a small part 121/135 airline in Centennial, CO as Operations Manager. He also enjoys ATC on the VATSIM (ZAN) and IVAO networks. He lives with his wife April and daughter in Colorado Springs, Co.
Chief Pilot (B767)
|Jason Boche is our Chief Pilot of our B767 program. Jason's flight simulation roots date back to the mid 1980's on the Commodore 64 followed up by iterations of Flight Simulator on PC platforms. Jason is located 20 minutes from KMSP and by day is a Principal Datacenter Virtualization Architect working in Presales at a Fortune 100 storage company.
Chief Pilot (B777)
|Oliver was introduced to flying at an early age as his father is a Captain for Air Jamaica. This developed a love for flying that has held to this day, even through the decision not to become a pilot.
Chief Pilot (CRJ)
|Alex Rogawski is the Chief Pilot in our CRJ program. He was first introduced to the world of flight simulation with FS2000 and soon became hooked on the sim, moving through FS2004, FSX and finally Prepar3D. A few years later, he joined DVA after becoming a bit more serious with his hobby and has loved it ever since.
In the real world, he works in finance in New York, with hopes to become a real world pilot when he can find the time to finish up his PPL.
Chief Pilot (ERJ-170)
|Matthew Whitaker is the Chief Pilot in our ERJ-170 program. His love of aviation began when he was 6 and he got to sit in the cockpit for an hour on a Reeve Aleutian Airways 727 flight from Anchorage to Adak, Alaska. From that moment on he was hooked. A 8 year Air Force veteran, he has been flight simming since 2003. He joined Delta Virtual in 2004.
He has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and resides in the Omaha, Nebraska area with his wife and two kids. He currently works for the Federal Government and when not flying online, he can be found either camping or fishing with his family.
Chief Pilot (MD-11)
|James Stone is the chief pilot in our MD-11 program. My love of flying flight sim started in the early ’80s with the ole Commodore 64 SubLogic, while I was stationed at Minot, ND. I learned how to fly without a joystick.
I kept flying off and on until I bought SubLogic Jet, which was an F-16. I enjoyed this (Jet) for a while. I then got SubLogics New Facilities Locator. I bought Air Transportation Pilot and both East and West scenery which allowed me to fly from coast to coast.
Then there were several other flight sim’s that came out which were military aircraft and helicopters also flew some in Pro Pilot 99, then Flight Sim 2000 came out. So I went back to flying Flight Sim again.
Then I upgrade each time 2002/2004/2004(9.1), then upgrade to Flight X, but could not fly it. So I continued to fly 2004 and I then finally got a computer that would handle Flight X. So now I fly both FS2004 and FSX.
I am retired from the Air National Guard as a Chief Master Sergeant (E9) with over 22 years. My civilian job was a firefighter; I retired as a Fire Captain with just over 27 yrs. I have two great sons and a wife that has put up with me flying for over 32 yrs.
Chief Pilot (MD-88)
|Christopher Ferguson is the Chief Pilot in our MD-88 program. Born & Raised in Queens, NY, he first caught the aviation bug back in 2010 when the pilot of a UPS 757 invited him up to the cockpit. He has worked for both Delta and American Airlines at JFK as a ramp agent. When he's not in the simulator, he is either enjoying his other hobby, cars, or he is working his full-time job as a Recruiter for Honeywell Aerospace.
He currently lives in Dallas, TX.
Chief Pilot (A320)
|Axel is the Chief Pilot in the A320 program. He caught the aviation bug in 1997 when an Air France pilot invited him in a 737 cockpit to watch the landing in a flight to Sweden. He entered the flight simulation world shortly after with Microsoft Flight Simulator 95 and progressed from there through subsequent FS and P3D versions. He joined Delta Virtual Airlines in 2006. He also has real-world flying experience getting a sport pilot license in 2014. Axel comes from Paris, France, and currently lives in Houston, Texas, with his wife and three kids.
Chief Pilot (DC-6)
|Craig Trudell is our Chief Pilot in the DC-6 program.
Chief Pilot (DC-8)
|Kris Goodrich is our Chief Pilot in the DC-8 program, a DVA Events Department Tour Coordinator, and an ACARS Dispatcher. His passion for all things aviation started at a young age with exposure to all types of Military, GA, and Commercial aircraft in the skies of the San Francisco Bay Area. He started his flight simulator hobby with FS II on the Apple IIe and Commodore 64. Kris is a regional truck driver for an LTL carrier and enjoys home time with family, and working on his hobby farm.
Chief Pilot (EMB-120)
|Bruno Israel is our Assistant Director of Operations and our Chief Pilot in the EMB-120 equipment program here at Delta Virtual Airlines. He has been a DVA pilot for over a decade, starting in 2008. He boasts vast experience with Flight Simulator software, having utilized everything from FS4 to MSFS and XP12. Beyond his virtual endeavors, Bruno is also a seasoned Brazilian Air Force pilot, having flown small turboprops like the Cessna 208 and Embraer 120, as well as larger aircraft like the C-130 Hercules. His passion for all aspects of aviation is evident, especially when it comes to flight safety and air safety investigation.
|Jon Michael Prenovost
Chief Pilot (L-1011)
|Jon has been a flight simulator pilot dating back to the Sub Logic days. He has flown every version of Microsoft Flight Simulator ever published, and even has a fair amount of flight time logged on Sinclair/QL computers. Jon’s passion for aviation began at age five, in Farmington NM (KFMN), when he stood just outside the fence line, some 50 yards away, from a Frontier Airlines’ Convair-580 spooling up its Allison-501 turboprops. The sound (and smell) of those engines coming to life instantly gave him a “shock & awe” experience which has shaped his entire life and given him an unquenchable thirst of curiosity for aviation ever since.
In the summer of 2007, After a brief two month stint at the first virtual airline he signed up for, Jon signed onboard with DVA and has been here ever since. For the next 7 years Jon flew about 95% of his flights for DVA from the cab of his 18 wheeler when he was parked up for the weekends all across the USA & Canada. After 21 years, and almost 3.5 million miles logged, Jon left the trucking industry to pursue a career in aviation. Since the winter of 2014 he has worked for largest FBO & MRO in Kansas based at Eisenhower Nat’l Airport (KICT). He is a Linesman on the Private, Business, and Corporate GA side of the field, specializing in Fuel Quality Control and Aircraft De-Icing, for GA, Commercial, and Military operations.
Due to a medical condition first identified in 1985 Jon is unable to hold an FAA Medical Certificate, and while preventing him from building a professional career as a pilot it has not held him back from building a career in aviation. In addition to his Linesman position at the local FBO he is also a Certificated Advanced Ground Instructor (AGI), close to completing his Instrument Ground Instructor Rating (IGI), as well as holds a Part-107 UAS Drone Pilot Certification. Jon regularly teaches, tutors, and mentors students at a couple of local flight schools in both Wichita and Newton Kansas within Drone, Recreational, Sport, Private, and Commercial ratings, and quite soon IFR as well. He is an avid Ultralight Pilot, owning his own Pioneer Flightstar, which is hangared and based at Newton County Airport (KEWK). When he isn’t knee deep in virtual aviation Jon enjoys his other hobby of Licensed Amateur Radio Operator (“Ham Radio”), call sign KA7SIF.
Assistant Chief Pilot (A320)
|Jeremy Hamilton is an Assistant Chief Pilot in the A320 equipment program at Delta Virtual Airlines.
Assistant Chief Pilot (A320)
|Jim McMannamy is an Assistant Chief Pilot in our A320 program. He has been a part of DVA since 2003 where he started in the B757 program. Jim is a real world pilot with commercial, instrument, and multi engine ratings, and is also a real world air traffic controller at the Chicago TRACON. He is also a home cockpit builder, and enjoys flying in his A320 sim around the USA and Europe.
Assistant Chief Pilot (A330)
|Pablo Fraga is an assistant chief pilot on the A330 program.
Assistant Chief Pilot (B737)
|Luke Hubers has been a pilot with Delta Virtual Airlines since August of 2009. During this time, he has served as the Director of Events and the B737-800 Assistant Chief Pilot. DVA has been a part of Luke’s life, both personally and professionally. What started as a childhood hobby has since turned into a career. Luke, since joining DVA, has gone from earing his Private Pilot’s License (PPL) and Instrument Rating in high school, to now flying for the Air Force. Since joining DVA, Luke has accumulated a total of 2,757.4 (virtual) flying hours over the course of 1,031 flights.
Assistant Chief Pilot (737)
|Adam Magiera is an Assistant Chief Pilot in the B737 equipment program at Delta Virtual Airlines. He developed a love for aviation at an early age. One of his favorite aspects of a family vacation as a child was the flight to get there and the flight home. Forty years that still stands true when he is traveling, unless of course his flight is delayed and he has to run 4 terminals away to make his connection, that he can do without at this stage of his life. Adam discovered flight simulation in the mid '90's with MS FS 5.1. He has gotten every iteration of flight simulator thereafter and also spent significant time with P3D v3 and v4. Most recently has been enjoying MSFS 2020. He discovered virtual airlines in 2001 and has been an active participant in various virtual airlines since that time. Adam has always been more of short-hauler rather than a long-hauler when it comes to flights, enjoying segments 1500 miles or less the most. He has been using the PMDG 737's since FS9 and has spent a significant amount of times studying the nuances of the planes in that class. His current favorite is the 737-900ER is MSFS 2020. In real life, Adam has spent the last 23 years working in the health care field. He is currently a physician. When his is not in the hospital or flying flight simulator, he enjoys building computers and target shooting.
Assistant Chief Pilot (747)
|Colin Levy is the Assistant Chief Pilot in the B747 Program. Colin received his first flight simulator, FS2002, in the year 2004, when he was 12 years old, and his passion for aviation took off. He is an active C3 rated VATSIM controller and has accumulated over 8,000 hours on the VATSIM network.
In the world, Colin currently servers as a Airbus Captain for a major US Airline, but finds the time to stay active in the flight simulator community.
Assistant Chief Pilot (B757)
|Andres Honegger is an Assistant Director of Operations and an Assistant Chief Pilot in the B757 program.
Andres' interest in aviation started in early boyhood: from seeing the JU-52 flying almost on a weekly basis, visiting nearby airports, marveling at the DC-10, Boeing 747 .... finally getting the PPL in 2008 followed by instrument rating a year later. FSX became a tool for practice and that got him hooked on flight simulation; joined DVA and recently upgraded to P3Dv4.x.
In the real world, he is working in Silicon Valley as a development engineer for a large laboratory instrument company. Having raised two children, his wife and Andres are now watching their grandson grow and develop (getting spoiled). Other interests include traveling, hiking, and bike riding - enjoying the outdoors.
Assistant Chief Pilot (B777)
|Michael Evans is an Assistant Chief Pilot in the 777 program here at Delta Virtual Airlines.
Assistant Chief Pilot (CRJ)
|Christian Samuels is the Assistant Chief Pilot in our CRJ equipment program. At a young age, he caught the Aviation bug and has loved it since. When he got into the simulation scene, he joined DVA. Currently, he is a Endeavor Air First Officer as well as a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI/CFII/MEI).
Assistant Chief Pilot (MD-88)
|Chad Rhinehart is an Assistant Chief Pilot in our MD-88 program.
Assistant Chief Pilot (MD-88)
|Tony Stork is an Assistant Chief Pilot in our MD-88 program. He began flight simming at a very young age with MSFS3, and moved on to FS95, FS2000, FS2004, FSX, and finally P3Dv4. Over the years he has very much enjoyed learning the ins and outs of commercial aircraft. Tony has a wife, one son, and recently welcomed a baby daughter into the family! They hail from "scenic" northwest Ohio. It's like the moon, with corn.
When Tony is not flight simming, his hobbies include many forms of PC gaming (League of Legends being the favorite), and watching sports such as racing, MLB, NHL, and football. He is also a Twitch streamer and has built an awesome community of folks from that!
Assistant Director of Events
|Nathan Cox joined the events team as an Assistant Director of Events in December, 2021. Nathan has been a member of Delta Virtual since 2010. On VATSIM, Nathan is a controller at the Atlanta ARTCC. Outside of flight simulation, Nathan's other hobbies include photography, hobby rocketry, and hiking and camping with his fiancée Emily.
Assistant Director (Events)
|Mike Bell is an Assistant Director in Events here at Delta Virtual Airlines. Mike lives in New Zealand and while he may be a newer member to DVA, he has enjoyed over 30 years of Flight Sim and has held VA staff roles in both hemispheres. Mike is married to Anita who is his often his 'co-pilot' and likes to see that the flight goes well. Mike enjoys organic gardening, plays croquet, gets out and about and loves to exercise his huntaway dog called Zoey.
|Shane Reilly is a Tour Coordinator here at Delta Virtual Airlines since 2024. He has been a member of Delta Virtual Airlines since 2011, and is a Captain in the B777-200 program. Born and raised in Miami, FL, he's a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy and currently resides outside of Chicago, IL.
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