St. George, Utah Trip
Every year during the spring semester break, Westminster conducts flight operations in St. George, Utah, where students will be able to complete flight lessons (including cross-country) and explore the region.
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.
2020 Trip Details
Trip dates: Mar. 7-14, 2020
Departure Details: More information to come
Cost & Housing
Costs do not include flight time. Students have the option to stay at the Dixie State College Inn for a discounted rate. Students who choose this option will be housed 2 to a double occupancy room. Students making their own housing arrangements while in St. George will have reduced trip costs.
Fuel expenses are higher in St. George than they are in Salt Lake City, so students will be billed at a higher hourly rate. However, the higher rate is mitigated by the fact that students will not be flying in class B airspace and lessons will be shorter.
- Costs for students staying at the Dixie State College Inn: $400
- Costs for students making their own housing arrangements: $175
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, Feb. 21, 2020.
The full amount of the trip will be due Friday, Mar. 5, 2020.
A mandatory participant meeting will be held in the Flight Operations Center classroom (time and date to be determined).
Participation Requirements & Information
- 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).
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 Dixie State College Inn and the St. George Airport. The 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.
Students will be needed 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.
While in St. George, we will be operating from Above View FBO and Jet Center. They will provide us with dispatching and briefing areas.
Airplanes that are taken will be determined based upon the students who sign up for the trip.
Questions? Please ask any aviation faculty or staff member.
History of the Trip
The annual event began by necessity, 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 Regional Airport. 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.
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 National Park, some rousing evening card games in the lobby of the Dixie State College Inn, and viewing the Olympic torch as it made its way toward Salt Lake City along the street right in front of where students and flight ops staff 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 the Aviation Department how beneficial—and fun—the St. George trip could be.
Since then, the Aviation Department has 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 students 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.