Cirrus Delivers New Fleet of TRAC Series G7 Aircraft to Western Michigan University
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Cirrus Delivers New Fleet of TRAC Series G7 Aircraft to Western Michigan University

May 8, 2024

Today, Cirrus announced its delivery of seven TRAC20 G7 to Western Michigan University College of Aviation at the Cirrus Vision Center in Knoxville, Tenn. In July 2023, Cirrus and Western Michigan University announced a purchase agreement for 32 TRAC20 G7 aircraft. The TRAC20 G7 is the latest generation of the TRAC Series product line which includes the TRAC20, TRAC22 and TRAC22T. The TRAC Series aircraft is an advanced, high-performance aircraft manufactured by Cirrus and designed to be utilized for pilot training. 

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Cirrus and Western Michigan University

As an aviation collegiate partner for nearly a quarter century, Western Michigan University is renewing its current fleet of 28 SR20s to 32 new, TRAC20 G7 aircraft. With the new TRAC20 G7 fleet, Western Michigan University continues to position itself as a leader in training next-generation aviation professionals. The TRAC20 G7 advancements build transferrable skills necessary to seamlessly transition from student to professional pilot. 

Redefining Flight Training

“Supporting one of the largest collegiate flight programs is exciting, especially during a time when pilots are in high demand,” said Zean Nielsen, Chief Executive Officer of Cirrus. “The TRAC Series G7 offers the students at Western Michigan University a fantastic opportunity to position themselves for a successful career in aviation by training on the most advanced flight deck available with the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System® (CAPS®) for a primary trainer.” 

A close-up view of the cockpit door of a Western Michigan University TRAC G7 aircraft, showing its sleek white exterior with a yellow and grey stripe. The university's logo and a stylized horse design are visible on the fuselage.

With G7, Cirrus adds Cirrus Perspective Touch+ by Garmin® and is the first-ever piston aircraft to incorporate dual Garmin Touch Controllers. Perspective Touch+ offers larger, high-resolution displays with expanded systems integration, enabling a more intuitive flight deck. Integrated systems add to the aircraft’s robust list of stability features including the Electronic Stability and Protection system and an integrated engine indication and crew alerting/warning systems all features found on today’s advanced airliners. 

Commitment to Excellence in Aviation

“In 2005, WMU entered into a partnership with Cirrus that persists to this day,” said Dr. Raymond Thompson, Dean of Western Michigan University. “When the University was looking to take collegiate flight training into the 21st Century, they looked no further than Cirrus. Since the arrival of the first TRAC20, WMU has fully embraced the sophistication and benefits of the Cirrus aircraft. From a functional standpoint, the benefits students obtain from learning to fly in the Cirrus result in professional pilot candidates who are career ready.” 

Edward Montgomery, President of the University of Michigan, and Ben Kowalski shake hands in front of a Western Michigan University aircraft inside a hangar. Montgomery, on the left, is wearing a brown shirt with a pilot's badge, and Kowalski, on the right, is in a gray blazer, holding a clear award with text. The Western Michigan University logo is prominently displayed on the tail of the plane in the background.

Western Michigan University’s College of Aviation offers the only comprehensive aviation program at a public university in the state of Michigan, and with approximately 1,100 undergraduate students, is one of the largest aviation programs in the nation. Backed by 85 years of aviation experience, education, and our excellent industry reputation, WMU’s College of Aviation is a powerful force in the future of aviation training.  

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About Cirrus  

Cirrus 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™, and the recipient of the Robert J. Collier Trophy. Founded in 1984, the company has redefined aviation performance, comfort and safety with innovations like the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System® (CAPS®) – the first FAA-certified whole-airframe parachute safety system included as standard equipment on an aircraft. To date, worldwide flight time on Cirrus aircraft is more than 16 million hours, and 265 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 seven locations in the United States, including Duluth, Minnesota; Grand Forks, North Dakota; Greater Dallas, Texas; Greater Phoenix, Arizona; and Greater Orlando, Florida; Knoxville, Tennessee and Benton Harbor, Michigan. Learn more at