We operate three Cessna 172 aircraft: one C172P and two C172SP models. Our 172 aircraft are used as primary trainers for many of our Private Pilot students as well as for many of our students in our cross country time building courses.
From our university-owned airport to our fleet of training aircraft, the department of Aviation offers real-world experience for our aviation flight, management, and technology students so you’ll graduate ready to make a meaningful contribution as an aviation professional.
Our Training Fleet
Out at the airport in Albany, you’ll find our fleet of seventeen aircraft produced by “the big three” legacy general aviation manufacturers of Cessna, Piper, and Beechcraft. Our fleet consists of one Cessna 150, two Cessna 152s, three Cessna 172s, two Beechcraft Barons, two Piper Arrows and seven Piper Warrior IIIs with glass cockpit technology.
On these aircraft, you’ll have the opportunity to earn a range of pilot certificates, including private pilot certificate, instrument rating, commercial pilot certificate, multi-engine rating and certified flight instructor certificate with single-engine airplane, instrument, and multi-engine ratings.
Piper Warrior III
Our Piper Warriors are equipped with the Avidyne Glass Cockpit and dual Garmin 430's. The Warriors are IFR certified and are used as primary trainers for our Private Pilot, Instrument, and Flight Instructor Courses.
The Piper Arrow has retractable gear and an adjustable pitch propeller. This aircraft is used by our commercial students for their training. This allows students to achieve their 10 hours of complex time required to achieve their commercial rating.
We operate two Beechcraft Barons, they are used for multi-engine flight training. The Beechcraft Barons give our students the ability to train in a multi-engine aircraft used in real world operations all over!
We operate two Cessna 152 aircraft that are used primarily by our Flight Team during landing competitions and practices. We also use the Cessna 152 aircraft as trainers for some of our Private Pilot students.
We operate a full motion Redbird MCX simulator that is FAA certified. With the Redbird we are able to simulate our single engine, complex, and multi-engine aircraft in VMC or IMC conditions. The simulator features a wrap around screen to fully immerse the students during lessons.
We operate two Frasca simulators used by students in our flight courses. These simulators feature a fully functioning Garmin 430 and are equipped to simulate all types of instrument approaches. The simulators are also used by our flight team for practice in their events.