In 2002, MTSU purchased 25 planes from Diamond Aircraft and The New Piper Aircraft Inc. for $4.8 million. These new airplanes enabled the MTSU Aerospace department to incorporate the latest technology into their flight training program with the purchase of a state-of-the-art fleet of Diamond aircraft. The delivery of 8 new DA 40 Diamond Star aircraft in the 2008 took this technology to new heights.
"These DA40s represent absolute state-of-the-art training platforms reflecting some of the latest technologies that career pilots will ultimately encounter in the most advanced airliners," said David Moser, Diamond's fleet sales director. Thirteen of MTSU's DA40s have the Garmin G1000 suites equipped with the GFC Automated Flight Control System and Garmin's Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT). This new technology will enable the MTSU Aerospace program to again be the first aviation training program in the country to incorporate another technology innovation into its flight training program.
Listed below are the current aircraft used by MTSU Aerospace students:
Purchased in 2002
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Purchased in 2002 and 2008
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Purchased in 2002
Click here for more information on the Piper Arrow.
Click here for more information on the Piper Seminole.
|PIPER SUPER CUB
This aircraft was purchased in the Fall of 1996 by the Aerospace Department from the South Carolina Department of Forestry. It had been involved in a fuel exhaustion accident in 1988. Through the hard work of many it has become the favorite of many students.
|DEHAVILLAND DHC-2 BEAVER
This aircraft was purchased by the Aerospace department in conjunction with the MTSU Foundation in a rough condition. It was purchased from the Texas Department of forestry and flown to the Murfreesboro Airport. Students in the Maintenance program worked on the restoration of this aircraft including changing the paint scheme from bright yellow to the current scheme. The aircraft is now used as a recruiting aid and is featured in the P-38 "Glacier Girl" welcome book at Middlesboro, Kentucky Airport.
|KING AIR 200
During the summer of 2007 the Aerospace Department sold our Cessna 404 and on June 7, 2007 MTSU became the proud owner of N515BA, a King Air 200. The Beechcraft King Air 200 has been in production since 1974 and is the best selling turbine business aircraft in history. This aircraft is now part of the Air Charter Lab that is available to MTSU Aerospace majors. Currently there are MTSU graduates who participated in the Air Charter Lab flying for major airlines, charter operations, fractional operations and corporations all over the world. This course represents one of the best opportunities afforded Aerospace students. The selection process is very strict and competitive, just like the students will experience when entering the job market.