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The facilities that are home to SIUC Aviation are designed to give students the most rewarding learning experience possible. Aviation Management classes are held on the SIUC main campus while the Aviation Flight program and the Department of Aviation Technologies are based at the Southern Illinois Airport. In addition to the already existing facilities, SIUC has recently broken ground on a $65 million Transportation Education Center at the airport. This Center will house the SIUC Departments of Aviation Management and Flight, Aviation Technologies, and Automotive Technology.
Located within a short drive of the Shawnee National Forest, Southern Illinois University Carbondale is the second largest comprehensive university in Illinois.
Founded in 1869, SIUC maintains more than 100 academic programs that lead to associate, baccalaureate, master's, specialist's, doctoral and professional degrees. As of Spring 2010, 20,350 are enrolled in SIUC. Fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, SIUC's faculty-student ratio averages 18:1.
SIUC's student body is diverse. International students come from more than 100 different nations. In 1988, SIUC opened a permanent campus in northern Japan. International exchanges on campus often lead to economic opportunities for the state in today's global economy.
On top of the undergraduate and graduate programs, SIUC is quickly becoming noted for its faculty research projects.
Carbondale is home to Southern Illinois University's Carbondale campus. Only a few hours from Chicago, St. Louis and Memphis, the University sits amid rolling hills, farmlands and orchards just 60 miles north of the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers.
Southern Illinois Airport
SI Airport is located just northwest of the city of Carbondale, two miles to the west of US Hwy. 51 and two miles to the north of Illinois Route 13. The Southern Illinois Airport sits on 750 acres and offers a full host of services, including an air traffic control tower which operates from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm daily.
Coordinates: N37° 46.71’ W89° 15.13’
Weather Station: (618) 549-3411
SIUC Aviation: (618) 453-1147
Airport Authority: (618) 529-1721
Instructional facilities include a 60,000 square-foot hangar and classroom building. these facilities are located at Southern Illinois Airport. Additionally, a 12,000 square-foot Helicopter Laboratory houses the helicopters used in the Helicopter Specialization.
The Herbert H. Howell Memorial Library
Totaling over 400 linear feet of personal papers, airport master plan reports, periodicals, government reports and books, the library is a valuable resource for aviation students to use for research projects. Also containing a sizeable amount of equipment, aviation-related photographs, and slides, this resource is located just a few feet away from classrooms used for Aviation Management which allows for ease of use.
The Howell Library is located on the ground floor of the College of Applied Sciences and Arts Building, on the main campus of SIUC in Room 9C. This room is inside the Airway Science area of the ASA Building near the elevator in the northeast corner of the building.
Transportation Education Center
In December of 2009, ground was broken on the site of the future Transportation Education Center. This $65 million building will be built on the grounds of the Southern Illinois Airport allowing for a centralization of all aviation studies. The award winning and nationally renowned SIUC Department of Automotive Technology will also be based in this building. With the scheduled completion date of 2012, the TEC building will:
- Promote education to careers while increasing student enrollment in SIUC's Transportation programs.
- Provide common location for SIUC's Transportation programs.
- Replace Department of Automotive Technology facilities built in 1938.
- Posture SIUC to offer quality degree programs serving the transportation industry for decades to come.
- Enhance research opportunities.
- Improve University, College, and transportation programs' images.
- Provide an economic development engine for all of Southern Illinois.
- Promote the efficient use of resources by providing a new facility (serving four programs) that includes: classrooms, library/reference rooms, labs, a student lounge and study area, a computer center, a corporate training center and an auditorium.
SIUC Aviation is proud to operate an entirely Cessna fleet. Fleet commonality allows for students to ease into new aircraft types as their training progresses. The fleet includes:
- Twelve (12) C-152
- Seven (7) C-172N/P Skyhawk
- Seven (7) C-172R Skyhawk
- Five (5) C-172R Skyhawk With G1000 Cockpit
- Three (3) C-172RG Cutlass [Complex training]
- Two (2) C-182RG Skylane [Complex training, high performance]
- Three (3) C-310R [Multi-engine training, high performance]
- One (1) C-340 [Executive Air Transportation course]
- One (1) C-421 Golden Eagle [Executive Air Transportation course]
SIUC uses a variety of flight training devices (FTDs) to introduce students to the concepts of instrument flying. Students will find these FTDs to be a valuable resource from the time they begin working on the private pilot certificate all the way to the multi-engine rating.
- Three (3) Frasca 141 single engine FTDs
Used during primary flight training to introduce use of flight instruments and during initial instrument training
- One (1) Frasca 142 multi-engine FTD
Used during multi-engine instrument training
- One (1) Frasca G1000 FTD
Used to give students experience with a Garmin G1000 Glass Cockpit display
- One (1) Precision Flight Controls Beechcraft B-200 King Air Modular Flight Deck
Used in the Turbine Transition Course, in which students are given the opportunity to train in a Part 121 airline environment. This course gives students a preview of what is expected of them when they enter the airline flying world and its initial training.