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June 12, 2009
University of Dubuque Adds Five New Planes to Its Fleet

This week, the University of Dubuque took delivery of five new Cessna 172 SP glass cockpit aircraft that will be used for primary and instrument training. Cessna's 172 SP Skyhawk cruises at 122 knots, has seating for four passengers, and is equipped with a Garmin C,1000 avionics package with the most advanced, fully capable suite of equipment ever assembled in this category of aircraft.

The addition of these state-of-the-art airplanes increases the University's fleet to 23. UD's Flight Operations Center is located at the Dubuque Regional Airport on Hwy. 61 just south of the city.

Steven Accinelli, director of the aviation program commented, "Our fleet of Cessna 172 SP Skyhawks are excellent trainers and are equipped with the latest glass cockpit avionics. These aircraft perform well and hold up to the rigors of primary pilot training. Cessna has been accommodating and great to work with. We are pleased to be able to bring five new Skyhawks into our fleet this year which join the five on which we took delivery last summer."

The University of Dubuque Aviation Programs provide students with the academic and professional tools needed to achieve success in the constantly changing aviation industry. The mission of the Aviation Department is to provide students with the professional skills that allow for success in all segments of the aviation industry while enhancing their critical thinking and decision making skills. The department supports the University of Dubuque Mission by establishing excellence in professional preparation, fostering a zeal for life-long learning, focusing on the development of professional skills enhanced by technology and integrated with safety practices, and characterized by fiscal prudence with quality equipment and facilities.

The University of Dubuque was founded in 1852 and is located in Dubuque, Iowa. Celebrating its 36th Anniversary in 2009, UD's Aviation Department, recognized as one of this nation's premier aviation educational institutions, is accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International (ABBI).

For more than three decades UD's aviation programs in flight operations and management have been graduating people who take leadership roles in the ever-expanding field of air transportation. To provide every student with world-class opportunities, teaching faculty and flight instructors make sure students are exposed to the best practices and latest techniques. UD aviation students fly the latest model Cessna 172s, receive their instrument training in new, modern aircraft, and pilot some of the best high-performance complex trainers available.