UND orders additional Piper trainers

Piper Aircraft has taken orders for three twin-engine piston-powered Training Class Piper Seminole aircraft from the UND Aerospace Foundation, which provides training and aircraft for the University of North Dakota’s John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.

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UND tapped by FAA for safety program

At the University Of North Dakota John D. Odegard School Of Aerospace Sciences (UND Aerospace) safety is a core principle of operation. That’s why UND Aerospace was asked by the FAA to be part of a pilot program to develop a safety management system (SMS) for the school’s Part 141 FAA approved flight training program.

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Know the signs of hypoxia

It only takes a few seconds for the heads-up — if you know what you’re feeling. And in an airplane, those few seconds spell the difference between getting back safely — or not.

We’re talking decompression — one of the things the flight attendants or video tell you about when they’re demonstrating the deployment and use of those bright yellow oxygen masks.

“It can happen real fast,” said Dr. Warren Jensen (pictured above), a flight surgeon and Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Aviation in the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. Jensen also runs the school’s altitude chamber, where students learn how to deal with decompression and hypoxia, a condition that occurs when the body is deprived of oxygen, such as when an airplane loses cabin pressure.

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North Dakota eyed for UAS ‘mall’


In a visit to Grand Forks, N.D, just ahead of election day, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) got a good look at a spot for a mall — an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) mall.

A key spot on the tour was the University of North Dakota’s UAS facilities. UND would be a key tenant of the mall.

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Creating an unmanned aircraft that can sense-and-avoid

By JUAN MIGUEL PEDRAZA, Office of University Relations, University of North Dakota

It looks easy to fly unmanned aircraft: Launch, fly, land. But there’s lots more to keeping an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) safely aloft than toggling controls from the ground.

“Among the major technical challenges facing the UAS industry is the sense-and-avoid system aboard the aircraft,” said Naima Kaabouch, associate professor of electrical engineering at the University of North Dakota College of Engineering and Mines and an expert in sense-and-avoid electronics and software.

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Unmanned Aircraft Systems and the GA pilot


Unmanned aircraft systems — UAS — are now in the public lexicon.

Everybody’s heard of UAS, but not everyone knows what they’re all about. That state of affairs underpins some widespread misconceptions about what UAS are, who uses them, and how they’ll affect the National Airspace.

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