University of North Dakota receives its fifth R44 Cadet
By Naomi Szeben
The University of North Dakota (UND) received its fifth R44 Cadet helicopter in May 2021. The helicopters will be used for flight training at UND’s helicopter division located in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
UND had fully transitioned to an all R44 helicopter fleet by the end of 2020.
The new Cadet is equipped with Robinson’s impact-resistant windshield and a 4K Ultra HD cockpit video camera, which captures visual and audio recordings making it an excellent tool for flight schools. Configured for VFR and IFR training, the aircraft’s glass panel features Garmin’s G500H 1060 TXi flight display, GTN 750 GPS/COM/NAV, and GTX 345 transponder with ADS-B In/Out.
Currently, there are 65 students in the University’s helicopter program working on ratings from private to CFII. Twelve of the students are part of the U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). UND’s decision to purchase the additional Cadet was, in part, to facilitate the Army’s program.