Flight Course Enrollment
Spring flight course enrollment will open in November 2019 (date TBA).
Campus Connection permissions will be distributed beginning December 2, 2019 for those that have completed prerequisite flight training.
Spring flight lab selection will open in December 2019 (date TBA) for those that are registered in Campus Connection.
Please use the following process to enroll in AVIT 221, 222, 323, 325, 414, 415, and 416:
Step 1: Reservation
Reserve your seat on AIMS Web. You must be on template in your current flight course to reserve a seat.
Step 2: Registration
After you have reserved your seat, and have finished the prerequisite flight training, you will be granted permission to register in Campus Connection. Please be advised that this is not an instant process. Permissions will be granted beginning on the date listed above. You must have a status of "added" in AIMS to receive permission to register in Campus Connection.
Step 3: Flight Lab Selection
Flight lab selection will open on the date listed above. You may need to wait up to 24 hours after registering in Campus Connection.
Instructions for AVIT 102
There is no AIMS reservation process for AVIT 102. Current and transfer students must use Campus Connection. Eligible incoming freshmen will be enrolled during summer orientation.
Instructions for AVIT 480
Students must complete the flight training for AVIT 415 prior to enrolling in AVIT 480. Once flight training is complete, contact Shayne Daku or Matt Opsahl for a permission number to enroll in the ground school. You will be provided with available flight labs at that time.
NOTE: This flight course requires a special TSA clearance which is valid for 120 days. Students will need to present a government-issued photo identification and logbook to the Records Department at the airport. Complete the TSA clearance once enrolled in AVIT 480.
Instructions for Helicopter Students
There is no AIMS reservation process for helicopter-specific ground school sections. Students must use Campus Connection to enroll in the following courses: AVIT 142, 241, 342, and 444. Students must use the AIMS reservation process to enroll in AVIT 415. To enroll in a flight lab (AVIT 143, 242, 247, 343, 440, and 445), students must contact Wes Van Dell.
Flight Course Enrollment Process FAQs
The AIMS reservation system prioritizes students based on their flight progress throughout the semester, rather than credit-based registration dates which do not reflect the likelihood of a student being eligible for their next flight course. Those who have maintained a consistent rate of training are given priority, as those students are more likely to complete the prerequisite flight training on time. Students are not permitted to officially register for the course in Campus Connection until flight training is complete. This means that all students on the official Campus Connection roster are guaranteed to be eligible for that class.
The first step in the flight course enrollment process is to reserve your seat in AIMS. Campus Connection has been configured to prevent students from "jumping the line" over students who have followed the correct process and reserved their seat in AIMS. You will not be permitted to register in Campus Connection until you have reserved a seat (AIMS status of "added") and have finished the prerequisite flight training.
Your unique student ID number will be manually provided with approval to register in Campus Connection for the section that you have selected in AIMS. This process may take several business days. You will not receive a permission number, but will instead be informed via email when approval has been granted to you. This will then allow you to register in Campus Connection for that section.
As is the case with all other classes at UND, being on a waitlist means there is a possibility that you may acquire a seat in the class only if space becomes available. If space does not become available, you will not acquire a seat in the class and will need to either switch to an open section (if available) or take the class during a different semester. A position on a waitlist provides no guarantee that you will get a seat in the class.
No. Unlike other classes, capacity in a flight course is primarily dependent on flight instructor availability rather than classroom space or instructor preference. The professor will not provide you with a permission number or "override" to let you into a flight course.
It is possible that some students who were eligible to reserve a seat in AIMS will not finish flight training on time. Those students will be removed from the reservation system prior to the first day of the semester, providing an opportunity for students who are on the waitlist and finished with the prerequisite flight training to acquire a seat in the class. Priority for newly-opened seats will be in accordance with the date/time at which the student was added to the waitlist, as is the case with all other UND courses. A position on a waitlist provides no guarantee that you will get a seat in the class.
AIMS will prevent you from selecting a class if any of the following apply:
- You are not on flight template in your current flight course
- You have selected the wrong course (ex. you have selected AVIT 325, but are still training in AVIT 102)
- You have already completed the Campus Connection registration step for a different section of the same course
If all of the above do not apply and you are still having trouble selecting a class in AIMS, please contact Lewis Archer.
The flight course template assumes that you have completed all lessons through the denoted lesson number. For example, if AIMS states you need to be completed with lesson 23, you need to be finished with all preceding lessons (1-23). If you skipped lesson 1, for example, you would need to complete lesson 24, or any other subsequent lesson, to match the lesson count.
Special accommodations may be made on a case-by-case basis for the following students:
- UND athletes
- Students receiving VA/military benefits
- Members of a UND-sponsored club or team (Flying Team, Aerobatic Team, etc.)
If any of the above apply, please contact Lewis Archer to determine if a special accommodation is available. There is no guarantee that your circumstances will be deemed sufficient for a special accommodation.
Students should carefully consider if they wish to remain in their chosen section when completing the Campus Connection registration step. After this step, the process to swap to a different section is complex and may result in loss of the desired flight lab. If an exceptional circumstance requires this to occur, please contact Lewis Archer for instructions.
Flight records at satellite campuses are maintained in a separate AIMS database. Please contact Lewis Archer for assistance.
Flight Course Availability FAQs
There is currently a high demand for pilots in the aviation industry. The direct and ultimately positive impact on our organization is that our flight instructors are being hired immediately upon reaching the minimum flight time required for a Restricted ATP certificate. This is excellent news for you as you embark on your career, but comes with the consequences of limited CFI supply. Our primary challenge is retaining multi-engine instructors (AVIT 325) and instructors qualified to teach initial CFI applicants (AVIT 414).
Many of today's instructors choose not to earn their multi-engine instructor qualification. Airlines are currently hiring pilots at the minimum required multi-engine experience of 25 hours, which most are able to achieve during their multi-engine flight training. Many instructors, therefore, do not see a personal benefit in earning a multi-engine instructor qualification.
Currently, we offer training for the MEI certification at no cost to a select group of instructors who apply and are approved by the Chief Flight Instructor.
Per FAA regulations (14 CFR 61.195(h)(2)), to provide instruction to an initial CFI applicant, that instructor must have held their flight instructor certificate for a minimum of 24 calendar months and must have provided at least 200 hours of flight instruction. Most of our instructors gain outside employment within less than 24 calendar months of employment with UND.
The FAA provides an alternate method of qualification for pilot schools such as ours (14 CFR 61.195(h)(3)), which requires the instructor to have provided a minimum of 400 hours of flight instruction with an 80% first-attempt pass rate of students the instructor has recommended for a practical test. Most of our instructors who meet this alternate requirement are often rapidly approaching the flight time needed for them to gain outside employment in the industry.
We must meet the regulatory requirements outlined in 14 CFR 61.195(h). We continue to explore options with the FAA to mitigate this challenge.
Our primary objective is to provide flight training. However, our Safety Management System (SMS) places a necessary emphasis on the safety of the operation. In all aviation operations, there is a precarious balance between production and protection. Excessive protection results in little production, and excessive production results in a degradation of protection (safety). Our objective is to maintain the appropriate balance to ensure that our instructors, students, faculty, and staff are operating in the safest possible flight training environment.
A significant factor that affects organizational and personal risk is instructor workload. An instructor who is overworked is more likely to be fatigued, more likely to make mistakes, and is at a greater risk of exceeding regulatory workload limitations (14 CFR 61.195).
A second factor is quality of training. An instructor who is overworked is unable to devote the necessary time and dedication to each individual student, resulting in a degradation of customer service. Additionally, due to the limited availability of their instructor, these students will be unable to maintain a consistent rate of training, resulting in a loss of proficiency and an increase in cost to regain proficiency.
There are a variety of factors that may prevent this. While the instructor has a firm understanding of their own schedule, they may not have the operational understanding of the overall capacity of the organization. Space in the instructor's schedule might be reserved by their supervisor in anticipation of a new student assignment. Additionally, their supervisor may have decided to adjust the instructor's level of production to ensure the appropriate level of protection (safety) is maintained. Downtime for a flight instructor is healthy and necessary for themselves and the organization.
Recently, we have implemented increased admission standards into our program based on high school GPA and ACT scores, among other variables. These standards will be adjusted as necessary in accordance with available capacity. Additionally, significant reductions have been made to the quantity of contract training conducted in Grand Forks to accommodate undergraduate demand.