UND AEROSPACE, the University of North Dakota's aviation college, is re-organising its flight operations to increase safety margins following a safety audit by the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF).

UND has more than 700 students logging up to 100,000h a year on a fleet of some 100 aircraft. The college claims an "enviable" safety record.

The FSF was contracted to perform the ten-day safety audit, its first of a collegiate aviation programme. Its report includes recommendations to improve safety, and it advises UND to seek US Federal Aviation Administration approval for its more "innovative" training programmes. At the FSF's prompting, UND has appointed a director of safety and standards.

UND says that it is implementing an accident-prevention programme, with FAA assistance. Its aim is to improve safety and standardisation in flight operations and support services, which have been re-aligned under separate organisations. UND has retained consultancy Kay and Associates to review its maintenance operations.

Source: Flight International