The region has a rooted history of aviation excellence with nationally recognized higher education programs training pilots, air traffic controllers, maintenance professionals, and more.

The Grand Forks Advantage

  • Unencumbered air space is suitable for training and testing.
  • There is access to robust network of knowledgeable personnel.
  • The community has a demonstrated commitment to aerospace research, training, and support.
  • The Grand Forks International Airport is one of the busiest in the United States, with nearly 350,000 take-offs and landings each year.
  • The region is committed to supporting the U.S. Air Force’s Grand Forks Air Force Base, which is one of our leading employers and a stellar example of public-private partnerships.
  • The University of North Dakota’s John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences is the country’s preeminent flight training program and one of a handful to offer a bachelor’s degree in aviation.
  • Northland Community & Technical College supports the industry with maintenance training programs that are preparing airline and unmanned aerial system professionals.