Minnesota State Mankato Department of Aviation to Hold Fall Orientation at Airport on Thursday; Ribbon-Cutting for New Jet Simulator on Friday

August 22, 2023 | News Story

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Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Department of Aviation is holding a fall orientation for its more than 700 enrolled students from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24 in the new North Star hangar at the Mankato Regional Airport. More than a dozen aviation organizations and airlines have been invited to attend.

On Friday, the aviation department will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on campus to celebrate the addition of the department’s second jet simulator, an Aerosim CRJ700 Flight Training Device, at 10 a.m. in Wiecking Center. The University’s first jet simulator was installed on campus in 2014.

Friday’s 10 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony will start outside Wiecking Center on the north side of the building (Malin Street side) and conclude inside the building in Room B 133

(NOTE TO EDITORS: Media are welcome to attend both Thursday’s orientation reception at the airport and Friday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony.)

Both flight simulators at Minnesota State Mankato were purchased by North Star Aviation, the University’s flight training partner.

The simulators are compliant to Federal Aviation Administration standards and provide students an introduction to the training they will receive at an airline or any other advanced jet aircraft program.

For more information, please contact Jim Dunn, director of operations and logistics for Minnesota State Mankato’s aviation department, by email at james.dunn@mnsu.edu or by phone at 507-389-1056.

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Aviation is part of the University’s College of Education.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,482 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 26 colleges and seven universities.

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