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Lufthansa US training center selects Cirrus SR20Lufthansa US training center selects Cirrus SR20

Airline's Arizona flight center orders 25 aircraft

Lufthansa Aviation Training has selected Cirrus Aircraft’s technologically advanced SR20 single-engine aircraft to lead its Goodyear, Arizona, airline pilot flight training program.

Lufthansa Aviation Training selected Cirrus Aircraft’s SR20 to lead its Goodyear, Arizona, airline pilot flight training program. Photo courtesy of Cirrus Aircraft.

A June 13 news release said Lufthansa had chosen the Duluth, Minnesota-based aircraft manufacturer for its primary training fleet “to provide advanced, easy-to-fly modern aircraft to prepare students to fly tomorrow’s commercial airliners.” Lufthansa’s desert training center ordered 25 of the Lycoming IO-390 powered, parachute-equipped, composite-constructed aircraft.

The German airline had previously used Beechcraft Bonanza models for practical flight training at the Arizona outpost before pilots transitioned overseas to its Bremen, Germany, pilot school for more advanced air work.

The news release explained that SR20 aircraft have dual-screen Cirrus Perspective+ by Garmin flight deck displays, a flight management system keypad controller, integrated engine indicators, an electronic stability system, and crew alerting/warning systems that are typically “found on today’s advanced airliners.”

Todd Simmons, Cirrus’s customer experience president, said the aircraft manufacturer’s line is well-matched for Lufthansa’s cockpits because its navigation and safety systems are “similar to the systems these new pilots will use in the airlines’ larger aircraft.”

Lufthansa joins other flight training programs operating Cirrus aircraft including the U.S. Air Force Academy, Western Michigan University, Southern Utah University, St. Louis University Parks College, Aerosim Flight Academy, Cassidian Aviation Training Services, Emirates Airline, the Royal Saudi Air Force, and more.

Simmons praised Lufthansa’s “forward-thinking” and complimented its pilot training program for “realizing the immediate benefits of teaching and learning in the most effective equipment available.”

David Tulis

David Tulis

Associate Editor Web/ePilot
AOPA Associate Editor Web/ePilot David Tulis joined AOPA in 2015 and is a seaplane-rated private pilot who enjoys vintage aircraft, aerobatic flying, and photography.
Topics: Flight School

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