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St. George Semester Break Trip

St. George, Utah Trip

Every year during the spring semester break, Westminster conducts flight operations in sunny, St. George, Utah, which makes for a very productive week of flying.

Students who go on the St. George trip pay a housing/administration fee of approximately $300 to $400, depending on the number of students who participate. Students fly every day they are there—sometimes more than once a day.

St. George is also the ideal location to spend the break—when students aren’t flying they can enjoy many hiking, biking, and other outdoor opportunities in southern Utah.

2014 Trip Details:

Departure Details: College van will leave Saturday, February 22nd from campus. Airplanes are planning to depart at mid-morning, depending on weather conditions and forecast. Julie will make the departure decisions.

Cost & Housing

Trip costs this year are expected total about $375. This trip fee pays for the added administrative costs of operating out of the St. George location and pays for room costs at the Dixie State College Inn. Students are housed two to a room (two queen, pillow top beds per room). For details about the amenities click here.

If you plan on using alternative housing while in St. George, let us know. That will reduce your participation fee.

Fuel expenses are higher in St. George than they are in Salt Lake City so you will be billed at a higher hourly rate while in St. George. This higher rate, however, is mitigated by the fact that students will not be flying in class B airspace and lessons will be shorter.

Deposit & Payment of Fees

To reserve a spot, deposit $100 into the "St. George Trip Account" (11-10128) at the Cashier in Bamberger Hall. before Friday, January 17th.

The full amount of the trip will be due Friday, February 7th.

A mandatory participant meeting will be held Friday, February 14th at 4:30 p.m. at the Flight Operations Center classroom.

Participation Requirements & Information 

  • Have a minimum of $1500.00 in your flight account prior to the trip.
  • Bring your health insurance card to the participation meeting (if you have one).
  • Plan to sign a trip release form during the participation meeting.
  • Pack appropriately for the weather--bring both warm-weather and cold-weather gear. (The same dress code standards will apply in St. George that we follow in SLC).
  • If you are staying at the College Inn, let Jordan know if you would like to request a roommate. If you don't request a roommate, roommates will be assigned (two students per room).

Transportation

A college van will be available to a limited number of people to and from St. George. The van will also be used to transport students and instructors to and from the College Inn and the new St. George Airport.The new airport is about twenty minutes from the College Inn.

Students and instructors are also welcome to bring their own cars and carpooling is highly encouraged.

We will need students to shuttle airplanes to and from St. George. If that fits with your training plan (cross-country lessons), please let your instructor and dispatch know that you are interested.

FBO

While in St. George, we will be operating from Above View FBO and Jet Center. They will provide us with a dispatching area and briefing areas.

Aircraft Available

At this point we have not decided which airplanes we will be taking--that decision will be based on which students plan to go on the trip and what their aircraft needs are.

Questions? Please ask any aviation faculty or staff member.

 

History of the Trip

The annual event began by necessity—as a result of the month-long closure of the SLC International Airport to all flight training during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. In order to continue flight training operations, the aviation program moved its entire fleet to SGU. Conveniently, the college also shut down for the month and provided housing for all Olympics security personnel during the Winter Olympics. That meant that students going to St. George did not miss campus classes while they were in St. George.

Nearly fifty students and the entire flight ops staff spent the whole month of February focused entirely on flying—with some breaks that included hiking excursions at Zion’s National Park, some rousing evening card games in the lobby of the College Inn, and viewing the Olympic torch as it made it’s way toward Salt Lake City along the street right in front of where we were staying.

Flying-wise, the trip was a resounding success. Students collectively logged over 800 hours of flight time during the month, they enjoyed flying to several new cross-country destinations, and several even completed check rides while in St. George.That experience showed us how beneficial—and fun—the St. George trip could be.

Since then, we have made the St. George Trip an annual event, with the exception of 2011 when the new St. George airport did not have FBO accommodations for us to use.

Students who go on the trip feel as though they get to experience an enjoyable semester break while also getting a lot of flight lessons completed.