Tue, Jul 14, 2009
7th Sikorsky In The University Of North Dakota Fleet
Helicopters, a Sikorsky company, recently delivered an S-300C
helicopter to UND Aerospace at the University of North Dakota.
The university has operated Sikorsky helicopters in its training
program since 1983. The new helicopter becomes the seventh Sikorsky
helicopter in operation in UND's fleet. UND has three more S-300C
helicopters on order this year.
"We operate the S-300C model in our training program because it
is a good training platform," said Don Dubuque, fleet manager and
director of extension programs at UND Aerospace. "It is also a very
dependable and safe aircraft."
Ken Polovitz, assistant dean of student services at UND
Aerospace, said the university's helicopter program is growing. "We
currently have more than 800 students enrolled in fixed wing and
helicopter training at UND, and more and more of them are becoming
interested in the helicopter industry as a career track," Polovitz
The S-300C helicopter is used for missions ranging from law
enforcement and utility patrol to lift operations. The S-300C
helicopter operates in many roles including military patrol, power
line/pipeline patrol, commercial and military flight training,
ranching, external load operations, animal surveys, aerial
photography and personal transportation.
UND has a long history of training Army ROTC cadets already
enrolled as undergraduates in the school's aviation program. Since
2003, UND also has provided summer training courses to cadets from
West Point and other Army ROTC programs around the country. So far,
179 cadets from West Point and Army ROTC programs have attended
summer helicopter training courses at UND.
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