Aerospace

Aviation Industry Sees Rapidly Growing Demand for Pilots

UND hopes to get people interested in aviation early on

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — If you think there have more delayed or canceled flights over the past few years, there are several reasons for that. “It’s not just the pilot shortage, it’s even the number of routes, size of airplanes that are being used today, so there’s multiple factors that are being looked at,” Jeremy Roesler, chief flight instructor at UND,…

UND Flying Team Wins 17th National Championship

This is the first time they've won first since 2010

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The UND Flying Team brings home some hardware after winning the National Championship at a flying competition. The five–day National Intercollegiate Flying Association competition consists of both ground and air events, from aircraft recognition to navigation to landing tests. This year’s competition was in Madison, Wis. This is UND’s 17th National Championship. Team members say practicing for…

UND’s Aerospace Community Day Gives Kids One-of-a-Kind Experiences

Aerospace Day is a way to inspire the next generation to pursue careers in the field

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — If you’re fascinated by flight, UND’s Aerospace Community Day is the place to be. From touring airplanes to control tower simulations to weather broadcasting, kids get to have one–of–a–kind experiences. “We decided to make it a pop-up science museum and open the doors and come together and have an exciting day for kids,” Elizabeth Bjerke, associate dean…

UND Space Studies Department Does Fifth “Mars” Mission

The crew did 12 experiments including growing plants and testing new space suits

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — There aren’t many space studies departments in the world but it just so happens there’s one in Grand Forks. “It was founded by Buzz Aldrin actually, the space studies department,” said Prahbu Victor. Since UND’s program began in the 1980’s, the department has given students who have a love and curiosity of everything to do with…

UND Aerospace Program Helps Place its Students with Aviation Companies

The Envoy Airlines visit to the Grand Forks campus is one of several campus events during the school year

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — A representative of Envoy Airlines stopped by UND’s School of Aerospace Sciences. The visitation was one of a number of events the school organizes to help its students find jobs in the aviation industry. Students in the program become acclimated with airplane cockpits early in their freshman years. College officials say the school is one of…