Students arriving at the Prescott Campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) this fall have the widest array of aviation choices and the most technologically advanced fleet in collegiate aviation. The university's state-of-the-art technically advanced aircraft and advanced helicopter flight training programs are housed at the flight training center at Prescott's Love Field Airport. Students in the fixed-wing program have a Technically Advanced Aircraft (TAA) glass cockpit fleet, highlighted by the arrival of the new DA42 NG multi-engine trainers. Helicopter flight students fly the latest versions of the Robinson R22 and R44 helicopters, provided through a strong partnership with nationally recognized Universal Helicopters.
This year more than 400 students will take to the Prescott skies for fixed-wing and rotary wing (helicopter) training. Students walk out of a single door onto the flight ramp and have an immediate choice between the most advanced aircraft collegiate fleet in the nation.
This fall, all students pursuing multi-engine aircraft certification will train on the new Diamond DA42 NG, which provides the latest in engine, avionics, and airframe technologies. The DA42 joins Embry-Riddle's expansive fleet of single and multi-engine aircraft, which includes Cessna-172s single engine aircraft, Cessna 182 RG (retractable gear), and American Champion Decathlon.
"These aircraft were selected based on reliability, safety history, and their ability to perform at Prescott's high altitude environment. We are able to provide the most technologically advanced fleet of aircraft in collegiate aviation to our students. We have the best aircraft, simulation training devices and facilities backed by our exceptional flight instructors. This is a great time to be a pilot at Embry-Riddle," said Jared Testa, Interim Director of Flight Operations at Embry-Riddle Prescott.
Students in the helicopter program will benefit from using the Robinson R44 Raven II Helicopter Instrument Trainer for their Instrument and Instrument Instructor ratings. This special equipped R44 Raven II was designed specifically for instrument training.
In order to prepare helicopter students for their flying careers, Embry-Riddle carefully selected the Robinson R22 Beta II and the R44 Raven II. "Robinson Helicopter Company's commitment to quality and their pursuit to provide the most reliable helicopter industry wide, allows us to operate our Prescott fleet of 13 Robinson Helicopters with little or no unscheduled maintenance. In addition, the Robinson R22 Beta II develops a pilot's skill level to a higher degree of proficiency, making it the best choice for primary flight training," said Gordon Jiroux, President of Universal Helicopters.