Operated and maintained by UND Aerospace, students at Chandler-Gilbert Community College fly a world-class fleet of training planes including standardized glass cockpit instrumentation for the Piper Archer, Cessna 172S, and Piper Seminole aircraft.
The Piper Archer is one of the most reliable airplanes in collegiate flight training. Students will fly the Piper Archer for the majority of their flight training from Private Pilot through Flight Instructor certification. With a 180HP Lycoming engine and an advanced Garmin G1000 NXi avionics suite that includes ADS-B traffic awareness, the Piper Archer is a modern and very capable airplane to prepare our students for their future in the aviation industry.
The Piper Seminole is our multiengine airplane used to teach advanced operations and procedures. Together, the Piper Seminole and Archer complement each other, allowing students to seamlessly transition between the two airplanes. In addition to the Garmin G1000 NXi avionics suite, the Piper Seminole has a Garmin two-axis autopilot used to prepare our students for the advanced operations in today's aviation industry.
With Cessna's proven reliability, forgiving flight characteristics and advanced avionics (G1000), the Cessna 172S is an excellent all purpose trainer for UND students. The aircraft is used for primary flight training through CFI and CFII training. UND is confident in the track record of the C172, proven as one of the safest general aviation aircraft of all time.
Piper and Cessna Training Devices
UND operates multiple aviation training devices that match the appearance and operations of the Piper Archer and Seminole and the Cessna 172S. Frasca Aviation Training Devices are used in conjunction with the airplanes to provide the students with a well-rounded flight training experience. With a 210° visual screen students are able to practice operations and procedures that they are not able to in the airplane such as during adverse weather, in flight emergencies, and with inoperable equipment while being safely on the ground.