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Published June 19, 2010, 04:25 PM

New UAV Simulator Coming To UND

The University Of North Dakota is going to add another premiere aerospace program in partnership with the Grand Forks Air Force Base to help train new UAV Pilots.

The University Of North Dakota is going to add another premiere aerospace program in partnership with the Grand Forks Air Force Base to help train new UAV Pilots.

In March of 2011 the University of North Dakota is going to be opening a new U-A-V training center at the Grand Forks Air Force Base which will house the best U-A-V simulator known to man.

Al Palmer/UND UAS Director: "We will be the first civilian operator of such a simulator and that's going to be the capstone course for our undergraduate program and for contract training that we will bring into Grand Forks."

The Simulator will allow students real time training flying the Predator and Reaper style aircraft. The New facility will have classrooms, office space and the new Predator Mission Aircrew Training System or PMAT.

Mike Nelson/UND UAS Program Manager:"Take them through an approximate 8 week program for contractual training and all the classroom setting all the all the classroom, instruction, the labs and the PMAT simulators will provide all the essential training that they need."

Director Al Palmer says that this new system will not only make UND the Tip of the Spear when it comes to aviation but give the students a world class education.

Al Palmer/UND UAS Director: "The Graduates will be able to go into a job probably 85 percent qualified making them extremely marketable."

Palmer says that he is going to be working with the Air Force Academy and the ROTC Programs to train new UAV pilots.

The experience of the new simulator will allow the student the feeling of flying a real UAV.

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