Given the recent announcement of shelter in place by the State of Minnesota, the University of North Dakota will continue to suspend all hands-on flight training within the Department of Aviation of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.
I have made this decision in strict accordance with recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention to ensure appropriate implementation of social distancing (keeping at least 6 feet between individuals) throughout our campus community. This is the most effective way to slow the spread of the worsening COVID-19 pandemic. Safety should be the top priority of every pilot.
As Interim President of the University of North Dakota, a practicing physician and certified pilot, I cannot, in good conscience, allow flight training to resume at this time, while promoting the safety and wellbeing of our students and campus community.
Joshua Wynne, M.D.
Interim UND President