|Aerospace to conduct aircraft accident investigation course|
The UND Aerospace Foundation (UNDAF) and the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), in a cooperative effort, will be conducting a two and a half day aircraft accident investigation course at the Grand Forks International Airport June 12-14. The course is designed to provide an advanced level of instruction to individuals who may participate in aviation accident investigations conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
“As unfortunate as they are, aircraft accidents are opportunities for crash investigators to learn more about the errors pilots and organizations may make that result in accidents,” said Dana Siewert, UND Aerospace’s director of aviation safety. “This course develops hands on skills by recreating an actual aircraft mishap in a learning environment.”
Over 30 airline pilots from around the U.S and Canada are expected to participate in each course, which will use actual aircraft wreckage which was donated by a firm in California. The wreckage “site” will be recreated south of the flight operations’ facility and used specifically for investigative training techniques.
This course is also offered to a select group of aviation employees and a limited number of aviation students who have completed aviation safety courses at UND. Aviation aircraft manufacturers who have expressed interest in this type of course and training will also be attending.
A second course has been scheduled for Oct. 9-11. For further information, contact Dana Siewert at 777-7895 (e-mail: email@example.com) or visit http://www.aero.und.edu/index.php3.
ALPA is a union representing 66,000 airline pilots from 42 U.S. and Canadian airlines. ALPA selected UND for its excellent training facilities and long tradition of aviation education. -- UND Aerospace.