Fleet and Training Devices

Fixed Wing

DA-42

This aircraft is equipped with the G1000 and the most current avionics used in the industry, including auto pilot. USU students will use this aircraft to prepare themselves for both their MEL and MEI licenses. This aircraft will give USU students the opportunity to become knowledgeable with the characteristics of multi-engine flying both in VFR and IFR operations.

da-42 aircraft
  • Engine: TAE 125-99 2.0
  • Max Takeoff Weight: 3935.0 lbs.
  • Fuel Capacity: 50 gal.
  • Max Altitude: 18,000 ft.
  • Max Speed: 194 kts.
  • Cruise Speed: 155 kts.
  • Landing Distance: 1,302 ft.
  • Takeoff Distance: 1,401 ft.
  • Passengers: 4

DA-40

The DA-40’s advanced avionics and proven reliability makes it a great plane in which USU students earn their pilot training. This aircraft is equipped with the G1000 allowing the students to learn the systems they will be using in their carriers. This aircraft helps our students obtain their private pilot, instrument pilot, and part of their commercial pilot certifications.

da-40 aircraft
  • Engine: 180 HP Lycoming O-360-A4M
  • Max Takeoff Weight: 2,535 lbs.
  • Fuel Capacity: 41.2 gal.
  • Max Altitude: 16,400 ft.
  • Max Speed: 178 kts.
  • Cruise Speed: 129 kts
  • Landing Distance: 1,529 ft.
  • Takeoff Distance: 1,200 ft.
  • Passengers: 4

DA-40-180

The DA-40-180 is only slightly different from the other Diamond Stars. It boasts a fuel injected engine powering a constant speed propeller, allowing for higher normal cruise speed.

da-42 aircraft
  • Engine: 180 HP Lycoming IO-360-M1A
  • Max Takeoff Weight: 2,535 lbs
  • Fuel Capacity: 41.2 gal.
  • Max Altitude: 16,400 ft.
  • Max Speed: 178 kts.
  • Cruise Speed: 140 kts.
  • Landing Distance: 1,155 ft.
  • Takeoff Distance: 1,175 ft.
  • Passengers: 4

DA-62

This aircraft is equipped with the G1000 and GFC 700 Garmin avionics.  USU students will use this airframe to learn advanced twin systems, flight into the flight levels, and how to operate in VFR an IFR situations.  Use of oxygen systems, Weather Radar, coupled approaches, and possible de-Icing with the TKS system.  With the fuel load, air conditioning, and power of this aircraft they can make cross country trips both educational and enjoyable.

da-62 aircraft
  • Engine: Austro AE330
  • Max Takeoff Weight: 5071 lbs.
  • Fuel Capacity: 86.4 gal.
  • Max Altitude: 20,000 ft.
  • Max Speed: 192 kts.
  • Cruise Speed: 185 kts.
  • Landing Distance: 2,556 ft.
  • Takeoff Distance: 2,897 ft.
  • Passengers: 7

Rotorcraft

R22 Beta II

R22 Beta ll Helicopter
  • Manufacturer: Robinson
  • Cruise Speed: 85 kts.
  • Configuration: 2 (pilot & passenger)
  • Engine: Lycoming 0-360-J2A
  • Endurance: 2.5 hrs
  • Maximum Weight: 1370 lbs

R44 Raven II

R44 Raven ll Helicopter
  • Manufacturer: Robinson
  • Cruise Speed: 115 kts.
  • Configuration: 4 (pilot & 3 passengers)
  • Engine: Lycoming IO-540
  • Endurance: 2.5 hrs
  • Maximum Weight: 2500 lbs

Flight Training Devices

CRJ 700 ULTRA

crj 700 cockpit

The RJ FTD offers a precise replica of the Bombardier CRJ 700 cockpit with flight controls and performance that emulate the actual jet. The simulator prepares USU students for their future careers, offering training features including over 24,000 airport locations, an accurate navigation database, and full control over weather and aircraft. Students within the program fly the simulator during their three-semester-long series of regional jet courses, including ground school and simulator coursework, which prepares them for pilot careers upon graduation. Students can receive FAA Level 5 capable training in our new RJ FTD.

Red Bird SD Simulator

red bird

This state-of-the-art simulator has a worldwide database offering specialized training. The simulator has the ability to simulate both a DA40 Diamondstar and a DA42 Twinstar aircraft. This allows students to train the same way they would in the airplane, fly the same types of approaches that they would in the real world, and even be placed in unsafe weather that might occur in the real world. This type of training allows USU students to see how the aircraft would perform once they are in the pilot seat. It also allows students to step out at the end of the session having learned in the safety of the simulator.

Red Bird MCX Simulator

redbird mcx

This simulator sports three-axis full motion movement. Located on campus, it's immersive environment is extremely conducive to simulator flight training. The aircraft simulated is a Bonanza, featuring a Garmin 430 and integrated autopilot, which allows students to become familiar and comfortable on other avionics systems they might encounter in the real world. The simulator allows training in situations considered more hazardous than safe for actual operations without ever placing anyone in any real danger.

Elite Helicopter Simulator

fly it

The Elite Helicopter Simulator is FAA approved as a generic instrument trainer. 

Frasca RTD

frasca rtd

This is the newest Simulator at USU.  This simulator will bring the familiarity of the DA40 handling with the newest Garmin training for the G1000NXi.  This will allow for students to perform maneuvers, approaches, and emergencies with the same tactile layout as the DA40 also allowing for muscle memory and environmental immersion to create a realistic training event.

This simulator has been FAA approved and can be used for a certain number of hours in each of our flight training courses.  This ability to  use the simulator to replace a couple course hours allows the training to be done even when the rest of the fleet is unable to fly.