The land is flat. Most days the air is clear. The sky is blue. And you can see for miles in all directions from the tables of UND Wings Café. It’s part of the UND Aerospace Center at the Grand Forks Airport.
Along with students and staff who eat there regularly, the café has visitors who enjoy watching the training planes land and take off.
The café is located the top fifth floor of the UND Flight Operations building. It can be reached by elevator. And the menu offers good, ordinary food with the view.
Since my visit was on Wednesday Taco Day, it seemed logical to go with the flow.
I was not disappointed. On Taco Day, there are choices for building a plate of food for individual tastes as you move along the buffet line. The meat was finely ground and well flavored. I enjoyed my selections while I visited with Mary Glessner (MG), a friend who works part time in administrative offices of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.
We were joined by Elizabeth Bjerke, associate dean, and Jeremy Roesler, chief flight instructor.
We were surrounded by flight students who make their choices and bring them to tables. They come and go. Some of them were 15 to 17 year old students attending summer camp and getting flight experience.
There is a lineup of flight training planes below the fifth floor café. You see clouds floating over the Grand Forks area in a blue sky. You see the amazing flat table of land that stretches in all directions as far as the eye can see. Most customers enjoy watching the training planes take off and land.
In the summer, there are 900 students who come and go for flight time. In fall and winter, there are 1,200 students in flight operations.
With around 1,800 in all the various phases, the School of Aerospace Sciences makes up a what they call a “big chunk” of UND. And those in flight training every day find hot specials such as sloppy joes or macaroni and cheese.
Each lunch meal includes a beverage as well as garden side salad or cup of soup. The food is prepared by University food services on campus.
Along with the basic fare, there are monster cookies showing up.
Cookie day Monday
The sky is blue. The sun is warm. And there is a pleasant aroma of cookies baking here and there around the Forks. They will show up for an Eatbeat cookie fest between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Monday at a big shelter in Lincoln Park.
Mayor Brown will be there. Kim Holmes will judge the cookies. G. Paul Larson is among those who will sing or play a flute. There should be enough cookies to share with the Northlands Rescue Mission..
UND Wings Café
2806 Airport Drive, Stop 9053
UND Flight Operations Building
Grand Forks International Airport
Summer hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Report card: Basic good food choices at reasonable prices with windows all around. UND Wings Café offers lunch with a view. Finding parking places is a doable challenge. And the café is open to the general public.