Operated and maintained by UND Aerospace, The University of Minnesota Crookston uses a fleet of advanced aircraft utilizing some of the most advanced avionics packages available today. UMC's fleet includes the TopCub, Piper Warriors, and a Piper Arrow.
The Piper Warrior, with it’s Avidyne Entegra avionics suite is the workhorse of the UMC/UND program being utilized in the Private, Instrument, CFI and CFII courses. Commercial training is accomplished in the Piper Arrow. The TopCub is used in the tailwheel and advanced tailwheel courses. Included in the advanced tailwheel course is training on radio telemetry, tracking and survey procedures.
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The retractable-gear Piper Arrow is the next step up from Warrior III. Its similar interior and instrument placement makes transitioning easy for students but its 200 hp power, higher level of performance and added complexity offers a challenge to students in higher level flight courses.
The Piper Warrior is a light aircraft designed for flight training and personal use. The Warrior is a four-seat, single-engine airplane with low-mounted wings. All Warriors have a single door on the co-pilot side, which is entered by stepping on the wing. In 1978, Piper upgraded the Warrior to 160 horsepower, changing its name to Cherokee Warrior II. Later models of the Warrior II, manufactured after July 1982 , incorporate a gross weight increase to 2,440 pounds.
The Cub Crafters Top Cub is stronger, safer, and can carry more cargo than even the Super Cub. It can take off and land in shorter distances, with greater pilot control. It can fly farther, in more comfort. It is an airplane that has taken the best from the past and, using the very latest in design, material and manufacturing technology, has established a new standard.
Certainly Top Cubs appeal to bush pilots, and the airplane can be ordered with optional tundra tires (up to 35"), skis or amphibious floats, along with belly pods to further increase cargo and fuel capacity. In fact, the Top Cub is an ideal choice for any adventure-seeking pilot, as the same capabilities that lend themselves to exploring the Alaskan wilderness make it great for camping, fishing and hunting expeditions and cross-country sight-seeing.