Thunderbird Aviation Named Cirrus Flight Training Center

Published in Midwest Flyer – June/July 2017 issue

EDEN PRAIRIE, MINN. – Thunderbird Aviation has entered into an agreement with Cirrus Aircraft to be an authorized Cirrus Aircraft Flight Training Center. Beginning June 1, 2017, Thunderbird will provide a 2017 Cirrus SR-20 for training and rental at its Flying Cloud Airport facility in Eden Prairie. “We are thrilled to partner with Cirrus Aircraft to bring together their world-class aircraft, together with our 55 years of flight training experience,” commented Nancy Grazzini-Olson, President, Thunderbird Aviation.

The 2017 Cirrus SR20 features the ultra high-speed Cirrus Perspective+™ by Garmin®flight deck, luxury automotive-inspired Cirrus Spectra™ wingtip lighting, premium cockpit connectivity solutions and more!

Since 2008, Thunderbird Aviation has been executing on its vision to be Minnesota’s premier aviation company by reinvesting in its facilities, aircraft, employees and equipment. Thunderbird’s commitment to Minnesota’s general aviation community remains steadfast, and adding a new Cirrus to its operation demonstrates their desire to give Twin Cities pilots value in aircraft rental and flight training.

In 2010, Thunderbird Aviation built a world-class executive terminal at Flying Cloud Airport, added three new King Air aircraft to its charter fleet, acquired three new fuel trucks, a new Lektro aircraft tug and ground power unit, expanded its FAA approved Part 141 flight training programs, revamped its Crystal facilities, and through its new relationship with Cirrus Aircraft, Thunderbird continues to grow and expand its services.

Thunderbird Aviation hosted an exclusive reception on May 16, 2017 to welcome its new partnership.

For additional information, call Thunderbird Aviation at (952) 941-1212 (Eden Prairie, MN), or (763) 533-4162 (Crystal, MN), and visit

Thunderbird Aviation, a leader in aviation since 1962, is a full-service provider of aviation fuel and aircraft maintenance at both Flying Cloud Airport and Crystal Airport in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. The company is also the largest flight school in the Twin Cities and has the largest variety of aircraft for public rental and flight training in Minnesota. Thunderbird Aviation is also the only flight school in the region that can provide all training and testing in house, using its FAA computerized testing center and FAA designated check airmen.

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