I am about to start my last year at Purdue, and I would highly reccomend the University to anybody who wants to fly. The program really is second to none, and is recognized as such by several airlines (I myself chose Purdue at the recomendation of American and the APA). While the University UND may be smaller than Purdue University, the Department of Aviation Technology at Purdue is the more personal of the the two flight programs. We take only about 50 freshman each year into the flight program, and that small class size allows a tremendous amount of personal attention, as well as the minimum 10 hours of FREE King Air PIC time, flying in actual passenger transport situations, paid for by the university, and the opportunity to get a FREE type rating and as much as 100-150 hours in a Beechjet 400A - neither of which any other university offers.
I'm not sure when UND got it's fleet of airplanes, but the bulk of our fleet, our 14 Piper Warrior III primary trainers, were dellivered between June and October of 2000, so they are all still less than a year old.
The most important thing, though, is the quality of the staff. Our professors are amazing people; among them, former airline pilots, meteorologists, military pilots, career educators, and others. They all show a sincere interest in their students, and I have not yet encountered a Purdue professor who wouldn't go out of his or her way to help a student be successful. I can sincerely say that I have never regretted my decision to attend Purdue, nor has any other Purdue student in our flight program that I know of. On the other hand, we had a flood of tranfer students into my class in the fall from other schools, each of whom ha nothing but great things to say about Purdue in comparison to their former institutions.
If you have any questions about Purdue, please don't hesitate to contact me
, and I'd be more than happy to help you out. Likewise, if you decide to visit Purdue before I finish there in December, I'd be glad to show you around.