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Science of ‘Sully’ – Professor Nick Wilson discusses airplane landing that led to the movie (UND Newsletter 09/27/16)

Categories: Aviation

Nick Wilson, assistant professor of aviation at the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, has a unique connection to the emergency landing on the Hudson River of U.S. Airways Flight 1549 on Jan. 15, 2009. The famous “landing” and courageous airline captain that made it happen are subjects of a major motion picture, “Sully,” […]

First Officer John R. Klinger Receives ALPA’s Air Safety Award (ALPA Release 16.32; August 25, 2016

Categories: Aviation

Pilot Recognized for Contributions to Voluntary Reporting Programs  WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) announced that it will recognize Delta Air Lines First Officer John R. Klinger with its Air Safety Award for advancing ALPA’s safety interests for over two decades. First Officer Klinger will be presented with this prestigious award today at […]

Al Frazier recognized for UAS work (University Letter 09/13/16)

Categories: Aviation

The forefront of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) utilization in law enforcement isn’t based in another country or in states such as California or New York. It’s right here in Grand Forks, led by professors with the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. And now one of those professors has been recognized for his efforts […]

‘Un-manned U’ (By David Dodds, UND Public Affairs – 08/29/16)

Categories: Aviation

UND is the epicenter of a regional engine that’s leading the world in drone innovation, education, training and research UND grad in mechanical engineering Kaci Lemler (right), an employee with Field of View, a UAS-support business, explains how equipment aboard UAS can record and distinguish between living plants and nonliving things. Call it the Valley […]

NASA to highlight opportunities in North Dakota at UAS Summit & Expo (UND Newsletter, 08/23/16)

Categories: Aviation

North Dakota’s role in NASA research aimed at the safe integration of small and large unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the national airspace will be discussed during the 10th Annual UAS Summit & Expo at the Alerus Center. On Tuesday, attendees will hear from John Cavolowsky, director of NASA’s Airspace Operations and Safety Program, and a […]

UND Lauds new federal law on Air Traffic Control hiring (UND Newsletter – 08 09 16)

Categories: Aviation

UND lauds new federal law on Air Traffic Control hiring For the past two years, Paul Drechsel, assistant chair for the University of North Dakota Air Traffic Control Program, has been on a mission to make the road to becoming an air traffic controller (ATC) a little less bumpy. That’s why Drechsel, an associate professor […]

Open for business: Robin Hall dedication (J. Orvik UND Newsletter – 08/02/16

Categories: Aviation

Betty Robin cuts the ribbon with her husband Si Robin at the the Grand Opening of Robin Hall. Sen. John Hoven (far let) and President Mark R. Kennedy are next to Betty. A buzz of excitement filled one of the University of North Dakota’s newest buildings on Tuesday, July 26, as University officials, dignitaries and […]

Air Race Classic: Women with attitude (Reprinted with permission Gen. Aviation News; Jul 4, 2016 Joni M. Fisher)

Categories: Aviation

The 40th Annual Air Race Classic buzzed the U.S. from June 21-24 on a demanding 2,716-mile route involving 13 airports from Prescott Municipal Airport (KPRC) in Arizona, to Daytona Beach International Airport (KDAB) in Florida. For this year, the annual all-women cross-country airplane race paid tribute to college and university teams, with race stops at […]

UND 2016 Air Race Classic Team – Frozen Force

Categories: Aviation

The UND 2016 Air Race Classic Team, Frozen Force, departed this morning for Prescott, AZ where the race will begin on Tuesday June 21, 2016. To follow their journey, tune in to the following sites:   Facebook page:   There is also more information about the team on their Blog:   The team is #8 for […]