Aerospace camp offers intro to aviation, taste of college

The John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences is sponsoring the 25th International Aerospace Camps being held June 15-22 and July 13-20. Students from across the United States will visit the Grand Forks facilities to experience real-life situations in the exciting world of aviation in conjunction with a taste of college. Both camps are at full capacity; however, waiting lists are available for next year.

This unique camp is open to teenagers (ages 16-17) and offers aviation enthusiasts a chance to attend ground school, log flight time, and learn about the various careers within the aviation industry. The amount of actual flight training makes this summer adventure unique. The sky becomes a college classroom where students fly and log time with flight instructors with six different launches, simulator session, Visual Flight Rules (VFR) flight, Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) flight, cross-country flight, night flight, and an aerobatic flight. They also study flight planning in accordance to a structured college curriculum. They reside in UND residence halls and eat with current UND students at Wilkerson Hall. “This "seminar” really gives the students a realistic taste of the aviation industry and a university,” said Ken Polovitz, assistant dean at the Odegard School. “While flying and classroom activities will remain the focus of the curriculum, the campers will be able to experience what our aviation students experience on a daily basis. The campers will be getting a true taste of college.”

For more information about the 25th annual UND International Aerospace Camps, contact Ken Polovitz at 701-777-3561, 800-258-1525, or
-- Karen Ryba, director of communications, aerospace communications,, 777-4761