A complex of specialized facilities that includes:
Altitude Chamber — the only civilian-operated hypobaric chamber used for training purposes; donated by U. S. Air Force for aviation physiology training program; Refurbished by the UND Aerospace Foundation
Regional Weather Information Center — 24-hour monitoring of worldwide surface and upper atmospheric data used in FAA-funded research; forecast center with on- site, real-time weather instrumentation for use in daily weather forecasting; broadcast studios for daily weather segments on the North Dakota Public TV and radio; the success of RWIC’s Advanced Transportation Weather Information System (ATWIS) resulted in it becoming the template for the Federal Highway Administration’s new national '511' traveler information system
Atmospherium — planetarium and multi-media theater-style auditorium; computerized special effects system for R&D and instructional applications; ability to project 3-D star and laser presentations; used as night vision trainer in aviation physiology training; used as interactive video classroom
Streibel Hall (formerly CAS II) — funded with $2 million airway science grant; opened in 1986; total of 26,871 square feet; houses classrooms and labs for computer science (including airway computer science); student access to variety of mainframe and pc-based systems.
Ryan Hall (Aerospace Training and Research Center) — Built jointly with NATCO; opened in 1988; total of 63,112 square feet; houses classrooms, Aerospace Network distance learning television production facilities, and labs for flight training and air traffic control training — specialized facilities:
Flight Simulator Lab — 12 fixed-base simulators with high resolution color visuals — all multi-crew simulators (specifications to simulate training fleet aircraft) including FAA Level 3 certified devices
Frasca Helicopter FTD — specially designed helicopter FTD with three channel display and ground illumination to simulate both the Bell 206 Jet Ranger and the Schweitzer 300C (Hughes 300) helicopters used at JDOSAS.
Level 6 Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ-200) simulator — Provides transition from light twin aircraft to modern and sophisticated glass- cockpit regional jets aviation students will be flying in the near future; students achieve 65% of their initial type rating required to fly the Bombardier CRJ-200 as required in the Practical Test Standards (PTS)
Air Traffic Control Radar Simulation Lab — 32 state-of-the-art ATC positions;The ATC radar simulator has the capability of emulating TPX-42 radar operations and display, along with the latest updated FAA operations and displays like Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS), Display System Replacement (DSR), and En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM). The new software is capable of running 16 different training scenarios at the same time, with each scenario operating 800 simulated aircraft and 1500 flight plans per hour. The UFA system is designed to provide training using their voice recognition software “ATVoice”®. With the voice recognition, the simulator responds to the voice commands of the student. To simulate the communications required between controllers in different facilities, the simulator is programmed with “ATRadio”®.The 225 degree tower simulator has voice recognition and is integrated with 8 radar stations; 360° tower with 12 radar stations
UND Aerospace Test Center — Delivers FAA knowledge exams plus IT exams; dedicated facility with 15 computer learning workstations (including four PC-ATD’s) delivering custom in-house developed training software providing instruction in aircraft systems, procedures, instrument flight and examination tutorials; includes procedures and systems training software from Airbus A320 FMGS (flight management guidance system)
AeroSpace Network (ASN) Distance Learning Broadcast Center— Developed with $10 million FAA Airway Science grant to equip interactive video classroom; satellite uplink to permit sharing aviation education and flight instruction materials with network of collegiate aviation programs and development of computer-based instructional tools; provides support for worldwide distance delivery to students in Space Studies and Aviation Master’s programs
Clifford Hall (Institute for Earth System Science)
360 Air Traffic Control Tower Simulator — addition to ATC program to integrate controllers in a realistic environment; controllers train to operate in the busiest airports in aviation
A new graduate program in Earth System Science and Policy is being offered at UND. Students can earn a Master of Science, Master of Environmental Management, or a Doctor of Philosophy degree
Center for UAS Training and Education Lab (currently under construction). This laboratory will accommodate the UAS library with the latest publications and news articles, computers with access to our main database, and much more.
Flight Operations Facilities
Based at Grand Forks International Airport, six miles from campus; shuttle bus runs hourly between campus and flight training center
thirteen-building flight training complex of more than 185,000 sq. ft. on 13.6 acres — instructional! administrative (39,334 sq. ft.); maintenance/shops (75,287 sq. ft.); hangars (79,780 sq. ft.)
five-story flight operations administration building provides contract program flight instructor office space and administrative areas; glass skywalk connects facility to other buildings in the complex
One flight planning room — computerized network of real-time weather terminals, direct access telephones to Flight Service Stations
Computerized flight records, dispatch, maintenance records connected by fiber optic link to UND Aerospace mainframe system on campus; conveniently located terminals for student use in scheduling flights and phase checks