POLICY: The University of North Dakota’s Department of Aviation bases its flight education philosophy on a four-year university degree. Consequently, students who obtained flight certificates/ratings without college credit have not satisfied the academic and flight requirements for the aviation major that they are pursuing.
Possessing flight certificates/ratings and how a person obtained those ratings are two separate considerations. It is important that students who possess flight certificates/ratings, with or without college credit (FAA Part 141 or 61) understand this flight policy and the specific requirements that will affect their academic and flight training status.
Individuals transferring from UND Aerospace Flight Training Centers (FTC) located in Crookston, MN, and Phoenix, AZ, must adhere to UND FTC site-to-site transfer policies.
In addition, academic credit and flight training conducted outside of UND Grand Forks may not count toward the Restricted Airline Transport Pilot (R-ATP) certificate requirements.
All aviation students, including transfers, must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.6 cumulative and institutional to begin, and remain in, all flight courses and 200-level and above aviation courses.
First year students will need to meet academic standards, set by the Aviation Department, to be eligible to begin flight training courses.
UAS: Due to federal export regulations, all UAS majors must be a U.S. person as defined by 22 CFR 120.15
"U.S. person means a person (as defined in 120.14 of this part) who is a lawful permanent resident as defined by 8 U.S.C 1101(a)(20) or who is a protected individual as defined by 8 U.S. C. 1324b(a)(3). It also means any corporation, business association, partnership, society, trust, or any other entity, organization or group that is incorporated to do business in the United States. It also includes any governmental (federal, state or local) entity. It does not include any foreign person as defined in 120.16 of this part."
UND FLIGHT COURSES: Listed below are the academic and flight requirements for the Airplane and Helicopter programs at UND. Course descriptions and additional enrollment requirements are provided in the UND Academic Catalog.
Airplane Flight Courses
Private Pilot (or Survey of Flight for non-flight majors)
- Avit 102 – Intro to Aviation
Commercial Instrument, Multi-Engine Pilot Certification
- Avit 221 – Basic Attitude Instrument Flying
- Avit 222 – IFR Regulations and Procedures
- Avit 323 – Aerodynamics – Airplanes
- Avit 324 – Aircraft Systems (Not a flight component)
- Avit 325 – Multi-Engine Systems and Procedures
Previous Airplane Training
No Private Pilot Certificate
Students that do not possess a Private Pilot Certificate, including those with prior flight experience, are required to enroll in Aviation 102-Introduction to Aviation.
Possesses a Private Pilot Certificate with or without other ratings
Students that currently possess a Private Pilot Certificate are required to enroll in Aviation 102 and complete the FAR Part 61 Abbreviated Private Pilot Flight Training Course. After completing the Private Pilot Course, fixed-wing students majoring in Aviation Management, Commercial Aviation, Flight Education, or Unmanned Aircraft Systems must complete the full Part 141 Commercial/Instrument Pilot Airplane Training Course Outline (TCO). Students planning to graduate in Air Traffic Management, Airport Management, or Aviation Technology Management that already possess a Private Pilot Certificate are not required to complete the flight component of Aviation 102.
Possesses a Commercial Pilot Certificate and no other ratings
Students that possess a Commercial Pilot Certificate and no other ratings are not required to complete Avit 102 but must complete the full FAR Apart 141 Commercial Instrument Pilot Airplane SMEL Training Course Outline (TCO). (Course numbers: Aviation 221, 222, 323, 324, and 325).
Possesses a Commercial Pilot Certificate and Instrument Rating
Students that possess both a Commercial Pilot Certificate and Instrument Rating will satisfy the UND flight training requirements by completing the Abbreviated Commercial Pilot TCO (Aviation 323, 324), the Abbreviated Instrument Rating TCO (Aviation 221/222 concurrently), and the Multi-Engine Rating TCO (Aviation 325). All of the flight training associated with these courses will be conducted under FAR Part 61.
Students with previous multi-engine experience
Due to the wide range of certifications that a student with previous multi-engine experience might possess, flight training requirements will be determined by an aerospace departmental advisor and the chief flight instructor will evaluate each student on a case-by-case basis to determine appropriate UND training.
Helicopter Flight Courses
- Avit 142 – Introduction to Aviation-Helicopter
- Avit 143 – Private Pilot Certification Helicopter
Commercial Certification and Instrument Rating
- Avit 241 – Commercial Helicopter
- Avit 242 – Introduction to Commercial Flying – Helicopter
- Avit 247 – R44 Transition Course
- Avit 342 – IFR Regulations and Procedures – Helicopter
- Avit 343 – Instrument Rating – Helicopter Certification
- Avit 444 – Helicopter Advanced Operations
- Avit 445 – Commercial Pilot – Helicopter Certification
Previous Helicopter Training
No Private Pilot Helicopter Certificate
Students that do not possess a Private Pilot Helicopter Certificate, including those with previous flight experience, must complete Avit 142 – Introduction to Aviation-Helicopter and Avit 143 – Private Pilot Certification Helicopter.
Possesses a Private Pilot Helicopter Certificate
Students planning to graduate in Commercial Aviation/Flight Education/Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations/Aviation Management – Helicopter who currently possess a Private Pilot Helicopter Certificate are required to enroll in Aviation 142 and complete the FAR Part 61 Abbreviated Private Pilot Flight Training Course. Students will then be required to follow the guidelines in the catalog for their specific degree program.
Students with fixed wing ratings and wishing to pursue helicopter add-on or students with additional helicopter flight experience and/or ratings not covered by this policy should contact Aerospace Student Services (1-800-258-1525) for further clarification of helicopter training requirements.
There are many variables that may determine the length of a student’s academic program. For example, the commercial aviation major has eight semesters of required flight training courses. However, variables such as when a student begins their flight training, finances, weather, and medical could lengthen the program beyond the traditional four years. However, most flight courses and non-flight courses are offered during the Summer Term. Students taking a summer term(s) can progress toward graduation at a steadier rate.
Students enrolled in flight courses are required to finish those flight lessons prescribed to each individual course. Failure to complete the lessons will result in an unsatisfactory grade.
UAS flight courses require a current FAA Class Two medical due to current FAA requirements.
Once a student has enrolled at UND in a flight training curriculum, all subsequent required flight training in the academic major must be completed in residence. Flight training at other schools will not satisfy required flight training at UND.
For further questions regarding this Flight Course Policy, call Aerospace Student Services at 1-800-258-1525.