Utah State University believes that the best and latest technology prepares our students to be more marketable in the aviation industry. Having up-to-date equipment improves our hands-on training in both the Professional Pilot and Maintenance Management programs.
USU operates its own fleet of aircraft for the Professional Pilot program, including Diamond DA40's, DA42's, as well as Piper Arrows. All instrument training aircraft are equipped with G1000 Glass Cockpit GPS systems for state-of-the-art flight training.
USU's aircraft are maintained by our own FAA-certified maintenance crew.
In addition to aircraft, students train in two flight simulators. The simulator offers the newst flight training technology and gives students hands-on experience with today's modern aircraft. The new CRJ-700 reflects USU's commitment to providing students with the best technology in the industry.
In USU's maintenance management program, students receive hands-on experience in learning all aspects of maintenance on small aircraft, turbine aircraft, and helicopters. Small class sizes allow for more hands-on coursework and training includes student-controlled testing on piston and turbine engines in USU's own jet-engine test cell.
Students in the Rotor Craft emphasis have full access to all helicopters and simulators operated by Mountain Ridge Helicopters. Their fleet includes: Robinson R22 Beta II’s, R44 Raven II’s, and a Mcdonnell Douglas MD500 E. In addition to the helicopters, students also train in an FAA-approved FLYIT simulator.