Stillwater, Oklahoma (18 January 2019) – Oklahoma State University (OSU) today announced the selection of the technologically advanced Cirrus Aircraft SR20 as an addition to its existing Aviation Program fleet. This is the first partnership between Cirrus and OSU, resulting in five new aircraft for the well-established aviation program.
“We are excited to partner with Cirrus and add to our fleet,” said Lance Fortney, Program Manager for the OSU Flight Center. “As our program continues to grow, it’s important for us to upgrade our fleet and equipment so that we can continue to deliver the highest quality learning experience for our students. Having brand-new airplanes that are considered the safest training aircraft on the market is a key selling point for our program and will help us attract the best and the brightest to OSU.”
Designed to be the industry-leading training platform that’s also easy to fly, the technologically-advanced Cirrus SR Series boasts an impressive list of features and capabilities. The integrated Cirrus Perspective+™ by Garmin® flight deck includes two large flight displays, a Flight Management System (FMS) keypad controller, an Electronic Stability and Protection system, plus integrated engine indication and crew alerting/warning systems – all features found on today’s advanced airliners.
The aircraft also comes equipped with a modernized Lycoming IO-390, 215HP power plant and features a durable all-composite structure with the signature Cirrus Airframe Parachute System® (CAPS®), making the SR Series one of the safest and most versatile training airplanes available today.
Oklahoma State joins a premier group of world-class flight training programs around the globe that operate Cirrus aircraft, including Emirates Airline, Lufthansa Aviation Training, the United States Air Force Academy, Purdue University, Western Michigan University, Southern Utah University, St. Louis University Parks College, the Royal Saudi Air Force and more.
“OSU’s selection of the Cirrus Aircraft SR20 reflects the forward-thinking of this world-class aviation training program,” said David Moser, Vice President, Fleet & Special Mission Sales. “The decision to invest in the safest, most technologically advanced aircraft to prepare the next generation of professional pilots will attract top talent to the university in the years to come.”
Delivery of the five Cirrus aircraft to the OSU Flight Center is expected in fall 2019.
About Cirrus Aircraft
Cirrus Aircraft is the recognized global leader in personal aviation and the maker of the best-selling SR-series piston aircraft and the Vision Jet, the world’s first single engine Personal Jet. Founded in 1984, the company has redefined performance, comfort and safety in aviation with innovations like the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System® (CAPS®) – the first FAA-certified whole-airframe parachute safety system. To date, worldwide flight time on Cirrus aircraft has passed nine million hours and 170 people have returned home safely to their families as a result of the inclusion of CAPS® as a standard feature on all Cirrus aircraft. The company has three locations in the United States, located in Duluth, Minnesota, Grand Forks, North Dakota and Knoxville, Tennessee.
About Oklahoma State University
Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant university that prepares students for success. OSU has more than 35,000 students across its five-campus system, with students from all 50 states and around 120 nations. Established in 1890, Oklahoma State has graduated more than 240,000 students who have been serving Oklahoma and the world for 125 years. Oklahoma State University aviation is the fastest-growing program in the College of Education, Health and Aviation, enrolling more than 300 students annually. The program offers undergraduate degrees in aerospace logistics, aerospace security, aviation management, professional pilot and technical service management. Oklahoma State is also one of only 18 universities in the nation to offer graduate-level aviation degrees.