UND aircraft Aerobatic Team comes out on top again
by Juan Miguel Pedraza
Posted on 1/15/2013
UND Aerobatics Teams coach Mike Lentz cracks a smile as he sails through the clouds during a recent practice flight. (Photo by Anthony Bottini/UND)
The University of North Dakota Aerobatic Team again topped its competition last year, finishing the season in the top spot.
"That's five consecutive National IAC Collegiate titles," said Mike Lents, an aviation lecturer at the UND John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences (UND Aerospace) and the team's coach.
Members of the team are: Aaron Fettig, Bismarck; Ben Thomas, Fort Collins, Colo.; Alexander Sachs, Oregon, Wisc.; Jonathan Sievert, Anoka, Minn.; and Andrew Davidsmeyer, Jacksonville, Ill.; the coaches are Mike Lents, Algonac, Mich.; Greg Gilmer, Lander, Wyoming; and Jonathan Sepulveda, and the faculty advisor is Joe Vacek, assistant professor at UND Aerospace.
"Ben, Jonathan, Alex, Andrew and Aaron proudly represented and demonstrated the best that UND has to offer," said Lents.
The aerobatic tradition is long and strong at UND. Former UND student and current airline captain Jeff Boerboon is a clear testament to this: Boerboon is a U.S. and international aerobatic champion with many top trophies to his name.
The UND Aerobatic Team competes at the collegiate level at aerobatic competitions around the United States at International Aerobatic Club-sanctioned events.
UND operates two American Champion Aircraft Super Decathlons for its aerobatic team, aerobatic courses, tail wheel training and spin training.