Cirrus Aircraft yesterday delivered the first of 25 SR-Series Trac20 piston singles to United Aviate Academy, a Goodyear, Arizona-based flight training school established by United Airlines. The Trac20 will be used for initial pilot training at the ab-initio flight academy launched by United through its 2020 acquisition of the Westwind School of Aeronautics.
Its Trac20 aircraft are equipped with an integrated avionics suite that is optimized for situational awareness and hazard avoidance, including synthetic vision, ChartView, and active traffic. The fleet also will be equipped with a hot weather package for the Arizona environment.
“The Trac20 is one of the most technologically advanced aircraft on the market and we are excited to bring it to our academy and train our students to prepare them for United Airlines,” said United Aviate Academy CEO Dana Donati.
Over the next decade, United Airlines looks to hire more than 10,000 pilots and train 5,000 aspiring pilots through the academy.