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Published October 01, 2013, 08:14 PM

UND flight school still uses "Sioux" nickname as call sign for fleet of about 120 aircraft

While the University of North Dakota's athletic teams continue to compete without a nickname, there's still one place UND students go by the handle "Sioux": the friendly skies.

While the University of North Dakota's athletic teams continue to compete without a nickname, there's still one place UND students go by the handle "Sioux": the friendly skies. The university's flight school still uses Sioux as the call sign for its fleet of about 120 aircraft flown by students and instructors locally and cross-country. Bruce Smith, dean of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at UND since 2000 says, they've tried to retire it a couple of times, and in all cases, the FAA has asked us not to change it, and the reason is for safety.

According to Smith, The shorter call sign is not only more convenient but also lets air traffic controllers know the cockpit may contain an inexperienced pilot.

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