EMUA ADDS REMANUFACTURED ASCEND 172 TO ITS TRAINING FLEET
Eastern Michigan University Aviation announced today that it has acquired an Ascend 172 from Suburban Aviation for use in its pilot education program. The Ascend 172 is a remanufactured Cessna Skyhawk which has been updated to “nearly new” status with state-of-the-art avionics, new paint, interior and components by Yingling Aviation of Wichita, KS. EMU Aviation operates a fleet of Cessna 172 at its flight training base on Willow Run Airport (KYIP) in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Suburban Aviation, located at Suburban Toledo Airport, was named an Ascend 172 dealer by Yingling in September, 2016 and took delivery of a demonstrator airplane in May of last year.
Joe Mills, Chief Flight Instructor for EMUA called the addition of the Ascend 172 a “no-brainer” because the airplane fits so well into the University’s flight instruction operation. “Our program is growing and the need for an affordable and reliable airplane like the Ascend 172, especially for use with students who are beginning their flight training, is obvious. It has provided us with an outstanding platform for introducing them to the basics of flight and the use of Garmin’s extremely capable and versatile avionics equipment.”
“The Ascend 172 is such a good fit for our flight training curriculum because it gives our students a chance to become familiar with the handling and flight characteristics, performance, and the capabilities of the airplane. It’s equipped with Garmin’s G500 Electronic Flight Information System (EFIS), which provides a solid introduction and smoother transition to the G1000 equipment of the other airplanes in our fleet which we use for advanced training,” Mills said.
The Ascend 172 is a 1979 Cessna Skyhawk “N” model, remanufactured by Yingling Aviation in Wichita. It features a Sandia Quattro standby instrument, GTN-650 Global Positioning System (GPS), GMA-350 audio panel, GNC-255A Nav/Com, GTX-345 ADS-B In/Out transponder, LED lighting, and Rosen Sun Visors. Mills said it will be repainted in the distinctive white and green livery of Eastern Michigan’s flight training operation soon.