The best fuel for the pilot


You strive to ensure your airplane is airworthy, but what about the most important thing in the cockpit — you? Are you eating properly to ensure peak performance inflight?

That’s especially difficult these days, with fast food restaurants on every corner and junk food so easily accessible.

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Know the signs of hypoxia

Dr. Warren Jensen 2

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’

Global Hawk arrives at Grand Forks Air Force Base, June 2011. Photo by Ben Trapnell, University of North Dakota


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

University of North Dakota electrical engineer Naima Kaabouch, second from right, and UND mechanical engineer William Semke, second from left, work with students on a UAS unit in the UAS lab on campus.

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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