Flight Line and Fleet

students on the flight line

With nearly 400 training flights departing and arriving every day, the ERAU ramp is one of the busiest places on the airport, and all that activity is monitored by full-time flight supervisors who observe activities from the university’s Flight Supervisor Tower. 

Fleet Overview

Students attending Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach have access to one of the largest and most advanced fleet of training aircraft available. Our fleet consists of:

Students in the Embry-Riddle aviation program begin their private-pilot flight training in the 180-horsepower Cessna 172 Skyhawk. Embry-Riddle has been using the Skyhawk as its primary training aircraft for decades. Every Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach Skyhawk is equipped with the state-of-the-art Garmin G1000 glass cockpit and an Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system. This gives our students and instructors the added safety benefit of real-time traffic alerting to enhance their situational awareness.

Learn more about the Cessna 172 Skyhawk

Embry-Riddle selected the new DA42 L-360 because it offered so many advantages over prior-generation designs, including its all-composite construction, state-of-the-art Garmin G1000 glass panels, and reliable Lycoming 180-horsepower engines. While each new DA42 L-360 comes equipped with an advanced glass cockpit, the ERAU fleet has been upgraded to include an Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) traffic and weather system. This provides our students and instructors with greater situational awareness throughout all phases of flight.

Learn more about the Diamond DA42 L-360

Giving our students the opportunity to learn the right way to handle extreme conditions is why we offer optional Upset Recovery Training. At the heart of this program is the fully aerobatic American Champion Super Decathlon.

The reliability of its 180-horsepower engine and robust construction makes this the ideal aircraft for teaching student pilots how to properly recover from a variety of extreme unusual attitudes, including spins. The optional Upset Recovery training also includes basic aerobatics and emergency maneuvers.

Embry-Riddle’s flight line is located on the east side of the Daytona Beach International Airport. More importantly to our students, however, is that the Flight Line is located on campus, which means our students can walk directly from class to the Flight Line without the hassle of driving to another location for flight training. It’s the ideal arrangement for our flight students.

Learn more about the ACA Decathlon

Due to the high levels of activity, strict safety guidelines have been established for all ramp activity, and our flight supervisors are tasked with making sure that everyone follows those rules. After all, safety is at the forefront of everything we do, in and out of the airplane.

Once at the Flight Line, our students can take advantage of all the resources available to them at the new Flight Operations Center. The Flight Ops Center boasts a state-of-the-art dispatch desk, real-time weather monitoring equipment, computer stations for flight planning, private oral rooms, and many other modern aviation conveniences designed to give students everything they need for their preflight preparation.

Once assigned an aircraft, students are able to access the secure Flight Line and then be transported to their airplane via the university’s “pilot limo.” To save time, the dedicated golf cart picks up and drops off students and instructors as they come and go from their flight activities.

It comes in handy considering that the Flight Line provides aircraft parking for the university’s fleet of 42 Cessna Skyhawks, 10 Diamond DA42 L-360s, and the Super Decathlon. The ERAU Flying Club’s two (2) Maules and two (2) Cessna 172s are also parked on the ramp. There is also extra aircraft parking available for the convenience of those visitors that prefer to fly rather than drive.