The Piper PA-28-161 Warrior III is our school's flight training workhorse. There is no finer trainer built today. The school replaced the entire fleet in 2003 with 10 new aircraft featuring the latest avionics, including Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation. The Aviation Center added two additional Warriors in 2011. These new Warriors feature the Garmin G500 Glass Cockpit instrumentation reflecting the type of cockpit instrumentation they will see in today's regional and corporate jet aircraft. The warrior features extremely docile stall characteristic and other outstanding handling qualities that make it a joy to fly for our students and instructors. You will become quite familiar with these aircraft as they are used throughout your flight training.
|Engine||Lycoming O-320-D3G, 160 hp @ 2700 RPM|
|Propeller||Sensenich 74DM6-0-60, fixed pitch|
|Fuel Capacity||48 Gallons|
|Max Takeoff Weight||2440 lbs|
|Standard Empty Weight||1336 lbs|
The Arrow is an agile and nimble aircraft; what it lacks in performance it makes up for its handling characteristics. The Aviation Center uses this aircraft in its Advanced Flying course including the Commercial Pilot and Flight Instructor courses. The Arrow introduces the student to a complex aircraft with flaps, retractable landing gear, and constant speed propeller. In the commercial pilot course the student will also have a chance to fly this aircraft in an instrument environment giving the student experience with higher approach speeds and more complex systems.
|Engine||Lycoming-O-360-CIC6, 200hp @ 2700 RPM|
|Propeller||McCauley 90DHA-16, constant-speed|
|Fuel Capacity||72 Gallons|
|Max Takeoff Weight||2750 lbs|
|Standard Empty Weight||
The Cessna C-172 is used for spin and upset recovery training for our Certified Flight Instructor students.
|Engine||Lycoming O-320-H2AD, 160 hp @ 2700 RPM|
|Propeller||74"; McCauley; fixed-pitch|
|Fuel Capacity||40 Gallons|
|Max Takeoff Weight||2300 lbs|
|Standard Empty Weight||1379 lbs|
|Maximum Load Factor||+ 4.4g (+3.0g) flaps up (down); -1.76g|
For our Multi-Engine program the school operates a PA44-180 Seminole, also purchased new in 2003. Transition to this aircraft from the Arrow and Warriors is almost seamless. The flight characteristics of the Seminole are very similar to the Arrow. It has state of the art avionics, including autopilot, flight director and GPS navigation capability. With this aircraft you will practice simulated engine failures, as well as single engine approaches and landings.
|Engines||Lycoming O-360 & LO-360, 180 hp @ 2700 RPM|
|Propellors||Hartzell HC-C2YK, constant speed|
|Fuel Capacity||108 Gallons|
|Max Takeoff Weight||3800 lbs|
|Standard Empty Weight||2640 lbs|
Personal Computer Aviation Training Device
Our PCATDs are FAA approved for use in our Private, Instrument and Multi-Engine courses. The PCATD is a very valuable tool in teaching radio navigation, instrument procedures, and multi engine procedures. The system allows for the instructor to "back up" and review instantly any maneuver or procedure that the student may have difficulty with. It is a time and money saver for the student and allows the student to better understand before he climbs into and airplane.
FRASCA FTD 142
The Frasca 142 is a flight training device that simulates the flight deck environment of both the Piper Warrior and the Seminole. A widescreen TV in front of the windshield realistically displays a wide variety of environmental parameters; day/night, rain, thunderstorms, low ceilings, etc. The control response of the FTD is similar to that of the actual aircraft. The avionics also duplicate the avionics of the actual aircraft, including a Garmin 430 GPS navigator. The instructor can simulate a wide variety of situations ranging from rapidly changing weather to systems malfunctions. Like the PCATD, this allows the student to get up to speed on instrument procedures before getting into the actual aircraft.
The Garmin Desktop simulator is a training device that simulates the Garmin GPS Nav/Comm unit GNS430 found in the Piper Warrior, Arrow, and the Seminole. This software allows the student to get up to speed on procedures before getting into the actual aircraft.