On Friday, June 19, 2015, Saint Louis University’s program in aviation added two brand new aircraft to its fleet. The new planes are Cirrus SR20 aircraft, and are piston-engine, composite monoplanes built by Cirrus Aircraft out of Duluth, Minn.
Both new Cirrus aircraft will be on display at this year’s EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, July 20 – 26, 2015. One will be in the Cirrus exhibit (#183) and the other will be in Saint Louis University’s exhibit (#38).
With the addition of the new Cirrus planes, Saint Louis University’s diverse fleet now consists of 15 aircraft, which also include Diamond DA-20s, Piper Seminoles and Piper Arrows.
Students are looking forward to the addition of these planes. Junior student, Nicholas Carter stated, “The Cirrus SR20 aircraft add diversity and flexibility to our fleet. These planes add the ability for students to train in instrument flight conditions, which gives more variety in the training and allows us to get hands-on, real-world experiences.”
Chief Flight Instructor, Saul Robinson, is also pleased with the new additions to the fleet. He said, “The SR20s, with Cirrus Perspective avionics and autopilot, provide a superlative platform for further development of the abilities learned during the students’ instrument education. The skills and procedures learned in the SR20 allow for consistency with the Jet Flying Techniques courses conducted in the Paradigm CRJ200 regional jet simulator. Students will see direct benefits from training in the SR20 as they transition from single-pilot to commercial multi-crew flight operations.”
The addition of these aircraft has been in the works for many months and took the hard work of many folks both at Saint Louis University and Cirrus to bring these planes to campus.
Stephen Belt, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Aviation Science is also enthusiastic about the new additions to the fleet: “Our goal is to provide a world-class flight training experience and set students up for success in their future careers. Integrating Cirrus SR20s into our training fleet is another sign of our commitment to offer the best training environment to our pilots.”
The Department of Aviation Science is housed within Saint Louis University’s Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology. Founded in 1927, Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology has a worldwide reputation for Engineering and aviation programs and research. Parks College owns the distinction of being the first federally-certificated flight school in the United States; today, Parks is also known for its first Ph.D. in Aviation. Parks graduates are recognized for their ability to apply their education in a context that is technically brilliant, socially responsible, and uniquely entrepreneurial to make the world a better, more inclusive place. [ home ]