Purdue buys 16 Cirrus airplanes

Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. has purchased 16 SR20 airplanes from Duluth manufacturer Cirrus Aircraft, according to a news release from the company.

About 600 students in the school’s Department of Aviation Technology will use their new fleet daily to obtain hands-on flying experience, earn a private pilot certificate, instrument rating and a comercial-type rating, the release said.

"Purdue’s choice of Cirrus Aircraft for its training and research programs speaks to its commitment to the best available combination of technology, safety and capability in general aviation," Cirrus CEO Brent Wouters said in a prepared statement. "We at Cirrus are very pleased that an institution of Purdue’s global academic and research stature has chosen to partner with us. The new Purdue fleet is just the latest example of an institutional customer choosing Cirrus as its training platform for many of the same reasons that have made Cirrus the most desired airplane in personal aviation."