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Fri, Jul 02, 2004

OU Gets OK On New Trainers

First Time Since 1970s

It's been almost 30 years since the University of Oklahoma replaced its 13 training aircraft.

"The planes we currently use are pretty worn out both cosmetically and mechanically," said OU aviation student Matthew Willis. "The upholstery is tearing on the inside and there are cracks on the wings and there is almost always something wrong with the instruments, too."

But that's all about to change. OU Aviation Director Glenn Schaumburg tells the OU Daily that his department has ordered 13 2005-model Piper Warrior IIIs to replace the aging Warriors now on the tarmac at Max Westheimer Field in Norman.

"It is a double-good deal. It is the same plane, so training for students and faculty won’t be as extensive," Schaumburg said. "They are used to flying these planes."

The price tag? It'll run OU about $2.2 million, according to Schaumburg.

FMI: www.aviation.ou.edu/index.php

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