EKU Aviation owns and leases some of the very best, and most modern, flight and training aircraft in the industry. The fleet is hangared close to the EKU Richmond Campus at the Madison Airport (Identifier I39). Low airport congestion means that flight time is easy to schedule.
Piper Seneca III
As the primary aircraft for the University Transport Flight Program, FlyEKU, the Piper Seneca III is equipped with GPS, air conditioning, and weather radar. Building time with Seneca III multi-engine complex systems helps professional flight students transition to the real world. Turbo chargers give students high altitude training opportunities and weather radar allows students to train in real weather conditions.
The number one thing that flight schools demand from an advanced trainer is consistency and proven reliability. The Piper Seminole has proven itself in over 20 years of service and hundreds of thousands of hours in flight school environments around the world. Students admire the airplane for its ability to teach advanced flight training maneuvers and procedures. Instructors appreciate the Piper Seminole’s ability to teach these lessons in a safe and forgiving manner.
The Cessna 172P is the classic trainer. It has the trustworthy 172 design that has been accepted and used by flight schools around the world for over 30 years. These aircraft are the primary trainer for students working towards their private pilot certificate.
The Cessna 172R is a time proven design with an updated instrument and avionics package. It has two navigation radios, a Garmin 430 with waas, and an ADF. The aircraft is used primarily for training students who are working on their instrument rating.
The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is a four seat, single engine, high wing, fixed-wing aircraft made by the Cessna Aircraft Company. Measured by its longevity and popularity, the Cessna 172 is the most successful aircraft in history. Cessna delivered the first production models in 1956. As of 2012, Cessna, and its partners, had built around 60,000.