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Flight Training Devices

In addition to aircraft, students train in two flight simulators. The simulator offers the newest 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.



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 SD

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

Red Bird 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.

Fly-it Simulator


The FLYIT Professional Helicopter Simulator is FAA approved as a generic instrument trainer. The cockpit size and structure is dimensionally similar to the Bell 206 and comes standard with flight models for the MD 500, Bell 206, Bell 407, Schweizer 300, Enstrom 280 FX, Robinson R22, R44, R66, and AS350 B2. All turbines have accurate turbine start and shut down. Hot starts and all other failures can be initiated by the instructor from the instructor’s hand-held fault box from in the cockpit, at the instructor’s desk or standing behind the cockpit. The entire helicopter simulator is supplied in an 18’ mobile classroom as a totally self-contained system.