Wed, Feb 15, 2006
Glass Meets Class In Texas
Add LeTourneau University to the growing list of aeronautical
schools adding glass-cockpit technology to their flight training
programs. Aero-News has learned the Longview, TX-based university
has taken delivery of four Cessna 172s equipped with Garmin G1000
glass panel cockpit instrumentation.
"These airplanes are part of a comprehensive plan to provide the
very finest flight training to our students," said Fred Ritchey,
dean of the School of Aeronautical Science. "As a leader in
aviation training, we believe it is important to integrate new
technology into our flight training curriculum. Our graduates will
fly aircraft with similar technology throughout their careers. They
must have a strong foundation working with technology if they are
going to remain competitive in the aviation industry."
Ritchey added the new systems have greater reliability than
previous systems, with multiple levels of protection from failures
that make the pilot's job easier should a component fail. The units
also contain navigation and terrain databases for the entire United
States, which enhances the pilot's situational awareness.
'The use of glass cockpits is new in flight training and LETU
and is one of the few university programs in the nation using glass
cockpits in flight training," said Bruce Chase, instructor. "The
technology used in these airplanes is similar to what is found in
jet aircraft, making the transition easier for LETU students who
will fly jets in their careers."
is an interdenominational Christian university of nearly 4,000
students with academic majors in the aeronautical sciences,
business, education, engineering, the liberal arts and sciences.
Located in Longview, Texas, LeTourneau University also offers
business degrees and teacher certification programs at five
education centers in Austin, Bedford, Dallas, Houston and
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