Sunday, March 6, 2016

Southern Utah University announces online aviation degree

Southern Utah University’s School of Business recently announced the immediate availability of the aviation program's professional pilot degree online.

“The online aviation degree will be a huge benefit to students,” said Rich Cannon, school director and chief flight instructor at SUU’s aviation program. “They will be able to complete all of their degree requirements from home while doing flight training at one of our convenient locations.”

The update to the degree is due to student feedback.

It is immediately available for registration for the 2016 summer semester — the program gives students the unique opportunity of not having to reside in Cedar City to complete the degree, according to a news release.

Prospective students in Southern California can really benefit from the new degree.

“Students who are not able to relocate for the 24-month program to earn their AAS degree may now complete all of their university courses as well as their flight ground classes online, while completing their flight training for FAA certificates to fly helicopters or planes at the remote training facility located in the Temecula-Murrieta area,” said Nikki Koontz, assistant director of marketing at SUU.

To further the education of those who do decide to reside in Cedar City for their education, SUU will be adding two new flight simulators by the fall 2016 semester.

The two Frasca R44 simulators teach students in a controlled environment where weather conditions are not a concern, giving the students life-like flying experience of the Robinson R44 helicopter.

“Over the past few years, we’ve had customers mention that the fidelity of existing light helicopter simulators was inadequate and limited transfer of learning,” said John Frasca, president of Frasca International. “We listened and determined that a high fidelity device with a FTD Level 5 approval was needed. Our engineers were able to incorporate the fidelity and quality of our Full Flight Simulators into an entry level FTD.”

Cannon said aviation program students will see the immediate impacts of training in the simulators.

“Training can be paused as needed to allow for immediate feedback and instruction,” he said.

Upper Limit Aviation, the company that provides aircraft and other flight training resources to SUU, acquired the flight simulators, according to a news release.

ULA and SUU have provided students with flight training since 2013.

For information, visit the SUU website at

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