U of M, Crookston Junior Jacob Pastoors, Olivia, Minn., completes Private Pilot Training

IMG_1037.jpgUniversity of Minnesota Crookston Junior Jacob Pastoors, an agricultural aviation major from Olivia, Minn., recently completed training as a private pilot at the Crookston Municipal Airport.

Under Federal Aviation Administration examining authority, University of Minnesota, Crookston students can complete all requirements for Private Pilot certification locally.  Pastoors completed an oral examination and a 1.7 hour flight during which he demonstrated navigation, maneuvering, and communications skills, as well as the most important skill of all--landings.  

Pastoors is the first of the fall semester private pilot students at the U of M, Crookston to complete his training.  The agricultural aviation major has already worked one season as a loader man for an agricultural applicator in Olivia, Minn.

The University of Minnesota, Crookston's aviation program is a partnership in which aviation fundamentals are provided by the University of North Dakota (UND) Aerospace Foundation. To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu/aviation.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 36 concentrations, including 10 online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,600 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Mike Vivion, chief pilot, 218-281-8114 (mvivion@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)