University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Aerobatic Team comes out on top again

UND Aerobatic Team, left to right: Aaron Fettig, Jonathan Sievert, Mike Lents (instructor/coach), Ben Thomas, Alexander Sachs, Andrew Davidsmeyer. (Photo by Laurie Zaleskie )

UND Aerobatic Team, left to right: Aaron Fettig, Jonathan Sievert, Mike Lents (instructor/coach), Ben Thomas, Alexander Sachs, Andrew Davidsmeyer. (Photo by Laurie Zaleskie)

The Aerobatic Team again topped its competition last year, finishing the season in the top spot.

"That’s five consecutive National IAC Collegiate titles," said Mike Lents, an aviation lecturer at the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences and the team's coach.

Members of the team are: Aaron Fettig, Bismarck; Ben Thomas, Fort Collins, Colo.;  Alexander Sachs, Oregon, Wisc.;  Jonathan Sievert, Anoka, Minn.;  and Andrew Davidsmeyer, Jacksonville, Ill.; the coaches are Mike Lents, Algonac, Mich.; Greg Gilmer, Lander, Wyoming; and Jonathan Sepulveda, and the faculty advisor is Joe Vacek, assistant professor at Aerospace.

"Ben, Jonathan, Alex, Andrew and Aaron proudly represented and demonstrated the best that UND has to offer," said Lents.

The aerobatic tradition is long and strong at UND. Former UND student and current airline captain Jeff Boerboon is a clear testament to this: Boerboon is a U.S. and international aerobatic champion with many top trophies to his name.

The Aerobatic Team competes at the collegiate level at aerobatic competitions around the United States at International Aerobatic Club-sanctioned events.

UND operates two American Champion Aircraft Super Decathlons for its aerobatic team (video), aerobatic courses, tail wheel training and spin training.

-- Juan Miguel Pedraza, writer and editor, University Relations, 777.6571, juan.pedraza@UND.edu.


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