Southern Utah University’s School of Business just announced two exciting pieces of news. First, the immediate availability of the SUU Aviation Program’s Professional Pilot Degree online for students enrolling in the summer semester 2016. And second, plans to install Frasca FTD Flight Simulators for the Robinson 44 Helicopter with the Garmin G-500 avionics package and the Cessna 172 Airplane with the Garmin G-1000 avionics package, enabling students in the SUU Aviation Professional Pilot Program to take advantage of the valuable training benefits beginning fall semester 2016.
In the past, SUU students were able to take advantage of SUU Aviation’s Professional Pilot Program at SUU’s main campus in Cedar City, Utah. However, that has just changed. Driven by student feedback and a desire to offer the latest, most relevant educational tools, SUU updated their Aviation Program to include an online offering.
With this new online version of the program, SUU is now able to extend their reach and offer the opportunity to earn a degree to students in locations outside Utah, such as those near the training center located in Southern California’s Temecula-Murrieta area, at the French Valley airport. Those students unable to relocate for the 24-month program can now pursue an AAS degree, completing all the necessary university courses and flight ground classes online, while going through the required flight training to receive their helicopter or airplane pilot certificates at the Temecula-Murrieta training facility.
“The online aviation degree will be a huge benefit to students. They will be able to complete all of their degree requirements from home while doing flight training at one of our convenient locations.” – Rich Cannon, School Director and Chief Flight Instructor for SUU’s Aviation Program
The SUU Aviation Program’s Professional Pilot Degree Online is available now, and students can enroll in the program for the upcoming 2016 summer semester.
Flight simulators offer a variety of benefits to student pilots, allowing them to learn and refine their piloting skills by working through different scenarios in a controlled setting.
“We are very excited to be adding simulators to our program. Simulators provide excellent supplemental training where new concepts and complicated procedures can be performed in a controlled environment. Training can be paused as needed to allow for immediate feedback and instruction.” – Rich Cannon
Designed for, among others, flight schools and commercial operators, the Frasca R44 FTD Flight Simulator and Cessna 172 FTD Flight Simulator being added to SUU’s aviation program recreate the experience of flying the Robinson R44 helicopter and Cessna 172 airplane in exacting detail. The cockpit of the simulators match their respective aircraft, complete with all the controls and instrumentation.
“Over the past few years, we’ve had customers mention that the fidelity of existing light helicopter simulators was inadequate and limited transfer of learning. We listened and determined that a high fidelity device with FTD Level 5 approval was needed. Our engineers were able to incorporate the fidelity and quality of our Full Flight Simulators into an entry level FTD. With this incredibly accurate R44 FTD, we have elevated the level of simulation available for this class of aircraft which allows more training to be performed in the simulator.” – John Frasca, President of Frasca International
Among the Frasca R44 simulator’s features are realistic control pressures provided by Frasca’s TruFeelTM control loading system; a specialized database of helicopter training missions through Frasca’s TruVisionTM Global visual system; and the ability to adapt into a Sikorsky S300 by removing the Robinson T style cyclic and adding a pair of S300 cyclics.
In addition to featuring a Garmin G-1000 avionics package, the Frasca Cessna 172 simulator also features an advanced Electronic Control Loading system and Frasca’s TruVisionTM visual system which provides students with highly realistic visual training environments.
The two simulators are expected to be fully installed and ready for students to use beginning with the fall semester 2016.