Alumni and current instructor for one of the flight contractors.
1. Depends on where you train? You do all of the ground instruction on campus with ISU. You will then choose one of two flight contractors for flight training. Brown has 150's, 152's, 172's, 172rgs, and a travel air. THAC has 152's, 172's, Arrows, Seminole, and a Super Decathlon. THAC has a newer fleet. Most the aircraft are year 2000 or newer (with exception to the 152's). Brown has an older fleet 60's to 80's models. Both of the schools are Part-61.
2. Campus is really nice and modern but the town is still stuck in 1987. The town is very blue collar type. Used to be a lot of factories here but almost all have closed. There is a mall with some decent chains. Chain restaurants and a few Walmarts. Airport wise it depends on what environment you like. THAC @ HUF is a busy class D airport (although the f-16's are gone now). Brown's at 3i3 is a private owned public use non-controlled.
3. same as above basically^^^ Indy is an hour away if you need more activities.
4. of course people are friendly but there is a rivalry type thing between both of the flight schools. If you live on the pilot floor of the dorms you will make plenty of friends.
5. No flying clubs within the area.
6. Frasca 141, Frasca 142, a Frasca King Air B200 sim ( I had heard it was a level 5 equivlent) The B200 isn't "sim current" so it can't be logged in a logbook.
7. The university program requires you to acquire CFI and CFII to graduate. Both contractors can take you from private to MEI. No one does ATP nor any turbine training. The university was considering purchasing a King Air c90 for students in the king air program to acquire experience and shuttle around university officials. The paper got ahold of the story and the rest of the university threw a fit about it so the idea was dropped.
Any more questions? ask away...