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Fleet, Training Devices and Maintenance Labs


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.


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.

  • DA42Engine: 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


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.

  • DA40Engine: 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


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.

  • DA40Engine: 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

Piper Arrow

The Piper Arrow is equipped with retractable landing gear and a constant speed prop which allows USU students to get endorsed in a complex aircraft. This aircraft is also equipped with the old six pack instruments so students can be familiar with them and their limitations. USU students will obtain their Certified Flight Instructor license in this aircraft. They will learn how to perform more complex maneuvers to perfect their skills and advance their abilities.

  • aeroRedEngine: 200 HP Lycoming IO-360-C1C
  • Max Takeoff Weight: 2,650 lbs.
  • Fuel Capacity: 50 gal.
  • Max Altitude: 15,000 ft.
  • Max Speed: 175 mph
  • Cruise Speed: 156 mph
  • Landing Distance: 680 ft.
  • Takeoff Distance: 1,025 ft.
  • Passengers: 4

Cessna 152

Just before completing their CFI and CFII, the students will have the opportunity to become familiar with spins and then have the chance to go out in the Cessna 152 and perform this maneuver in preparation for their CFI ratings.

  • C152Engine: 110 HP Avco Lycoming O-235-L2C
  • Max Takeoff Weight: 1,670 lbs.
  • Fuel Capacity: 25 gal.
  • Max Altitude: 14,700 ft.
  • Max Speed: 110 kts.
  • Cruise Speed: 107 kts.
  • Landing Distance: 475 ft.
  • Takeoff Distance: 725 ft.
  • Passengers: 2

R22 Beta II

  • R22Manufacturer: 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

  • R44Manufacturer: Robinson
  • Cruise Speed: 115 kts.
  • Configuration: 4 (pilot & 3 passengers)
  • Engine: Lycoming IO-540
  • Endurance: 2.5 hrs
  • Maximum Weight: 2500 lbs