Aircraft and Advanced Aviation Training Devices
The College owes and operates 22 aircraft. The fleet consists of 12 Piper Warrior III's, 3 Piper Arrows, 3 Cessna 172's, 3 Cessna 152's and 1 Piper Seminole.
Piper PA-28-161 Warrior
The Piper PA-28-161 Warrior III is our school's flight training workhorse. There is no finer trainer built today. The warrior features extremely docile stall characteristic and other outstanding handling qualities that make it a joy to fly for our students and instructors. The student will become quite familiar with these aircraft as they are used throughout their 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|
Piper PA44-180 Seminole
For our Multi-Engine program the school operates a PA44-180 Seminole. 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|
Advance Aviation Training Devices
The Frasca 142 simulates the flight deck environment of both the Piper Warrior and the Seminole. A 180 degree wrap around screen realistically displays a wide variety of environmental parameters; day/night, rain, thunderstorms, low ceilings, etc. The control response 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 system malfunctions allowing the student to get up to speed on instrument procedures before getting into the actual aircraft.
The Aviation Center currently has two FRASCA 141's. These single seat AATD's simulate the flight deck environment of the Piper Warrior and Piper Arrow. A widescreen TV in front of the windshield realistically displays a wide variety of environmental parameters; day/night, rain, thunderstorms, low ceilings, etc. The Aviation Center uses this AATD throughout multiple phases of training including the Private, Instrument, Single Engine Commercial Pilot and Flight Instructor courses. The FRASCA 141 can aid in introducing the student to a complex aircraft with flaps, retractable landing gear, and constant speed propeller. 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 system malfunctions allowing the student to get up to speed on instrument procedures before getting into the actual aircraft.