|Far Eastern Air Transport sends seven student pilots to UND|
The UND Aerospace Foundation (UNDAF) announces that Far Eastern Air Transport has committed to sending a group of students to train to become pilots at UND. Seven employees have enrolled at UND and in the following weeks will begin a concentrated flight training program designed specifically to meet the needs of Far Eastern Air Transport.
“We are very proud to have this group of students from Taiwan coming to UND,” said Chuck Pineo, vice president of business development for UNDAF. “The acquisition of this training partnership is a combination of hard work by Far Eastern Air Transport, UND, and UND Aerospace, and can be directly credited to Gov. Hoeven’s North Dakota trade mission to Taiwan in June.”
“The aerospace program at UND is known throughout the world for quality flight training,” Gov. John Hoeven said. “This partnership is exciting and will further strengthen UND's aviation program and further bring awareness of North Dakota in Taiwan.”
The students will be UND students for 12 months and live on campus during their flight training in Grand Forks. According to Bruce Smith, president of the UND Aerospace Foundation and dean of the Odegard School, “Far Eastern Air Transport is utilizing many of the resources the Odegard School has to offer. Like our other undergraduate students, the students are utilizing our CRJ course, high altitude chamber experience and physiology curriculum in their training. These are courses that many other airlines don’t offer in their ab initio pilot training.”