The UND Aerospace vs. Embry Riddle is a popular question. They are both exceptional schools as well as many others are. I started at UND in 1997 and graduated from UND in 2001. It took only four years to graduate which gave me my CFII
. I am currently flight instructing for UND Aerospace (MEI
). One of my best friends from my hometown recently graduated from ERAU-Prescott campus and we keep in close contact.
I’m not here to say one is better than the other because the answer depends on what you are looking for. I am just here to answer questions and talk about UND since I also searched UND, ERAU and other schools.
As mentioned, UND does have a brand new CRJ-200 simulator. It is a Level-6 simulator which means it has all the bells and whistles except motion (which we don’t really need). I was able to fly the simulator during a maintenance test. Wow, it was very lifelike. UND Aerospace decided to purchase the simulator for many reasons; to better prepare students with jet operation, CRM as well as possibly upgrading to a Part 142 school.
The simulator is going to be used in coordination with a few courses we currently have including our CRJ-200 advanced systems course and crew resource management (CRM). Every student will be able to log 10 hrs. in the simulator with a flight partner (5 left seat / 5 right seat). Current UND flight instructors also have the opportunity to fly the simulator. It received the approval from the FAA a few weeks ago and it is now fully operational and ready to go.
Our fleet is brand-new and we also have additional aircraft on order. Here is what we use at UND:
Aircraft: Piper Warrior III’s with bendix-king or dual Garmin 430 GPS units, Arrows (same GPS), Seminoles (same GPS), Beechcraft Baron 58 (new engines, icing, radar, a/c), Piper Cub, C-152 amphibious float plane, Super Decathlons (acrobatic), Cirrus-20, Citation II
(wx research), Piper Cheyenne (air service) and a Raytheon Premier Corporate Jet
Helicopters: Bell 206B and Schweitzer H-300.
Simulators: Frasca 241 warrior sims, Vector warrior sims, Frasca 242 Seminole sims, and a brand-new CRJ-200 Level 6 training simulator.
Here are some other random UND facts:
ICAO call sign "Sioux"
Cockpit procedure trainers (Flight Computer - Airbus 320)
High-altitude physiology chamber training
Tower Simulator and Air Traffic Control simulation labs
More than 1,900 students from throughout the world are enrolled in UND Aerospace
Our $83 million aerospace complex spans more than 400,000 square feet. Its unique enclosed skyway system connects all aerospace buildings and a Hilton Hotel which provides students with convenient access to classes, regardless of the weather.
$100 million Ralph Engelstad hockey arena
Our northern location with four distinct seasons provides valuable experience for future pilots. You’ll face nearly every weather condition during your college years that you could ever encounter in a lifetime of flying. We get a lot of actual IFR flying as well as having to deal with icing conditions. Besides, aircraft fly better when it’s cold!
We are also able to learn how to fly on international flights into Canada.
Flight training centers located in Honolulu, Hawaii; Spokane, Washington; Phoenix, Arizona; Crookston, Minnesota; and our newest two Williston, North Dakota; and Duluth, Minnesota (Cirrus SR
-20/22 Contract Training).
UND Aerospace Flight Training Centers allow the University of North Dakota to offer education and training across the United States. Students can complete two years of general education requirements at satellite locations and flight training before transferring to UND to complete their education.
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I hope this helps but feel free to contact me with any other question you may have regarding UND, flying, college life or whatever!