Aviation students at the University of North Dakota will have the chance to train in a Diamond D-Jet, thanks to the UND Aerospace Foundation. Their purchase of a jet was announced Friday at AOPA Expo in Hartford, Conn. "Diamond Aircraft and UND have a long-standing relationship, and we are very excited that UND will now be using the D-Jet for their advanced training programs," said Diamond Aircraft President Peter Maurer. UND official Bruce Smith said the D-Jet will provide a transition aircraft for students training to fly regional jets, and will be used in conjunction with the school's CRJ 200 flight-training simulator. "We are excited to add the D-Jet to our training fleet," he said.
The five-seat, single-engine D-Jet is not yet certified. UND's School of Aerospace Sciences has more than 2,000 students.