K-State Flight Team headed to national competition

SAA News Release

K-State Flight team headed to national competition

Natalie Blair


K-State Salina

Salina, Kan., (October 25, 2011) -Kansas State University's Flight Team is headed to the National Intercollegiate Flight Association's SAFECON competition in May 2012 after taking a close second at the Region VI competition, Oct. 17-21, hosted by University of Nebraska - Omaha.

In the closest competition in Region VI history, K-State was only one point behind the overall first place team, University of Nebraska - Omaha. K-State's Flight Team placed first overall in flying events and third overall in ground events. They also won the Safety Award, which is given to one team that demonstrates safety in all aspects of the competition.

SAFECON competitions feature flight events and ground events that test the teams' abilities in all aspects of flight. Contestants placing in the top 20 in each event earn points for their team. The results of each event contribute to the teams' overall scores.

The team earned 30 top 20 finishes with 20 of them in the top 10.

Team members ranked second in Top Pilot and fourth, 10th, and 18th in both Top Scoring Contestant and Top Scoring Male Contestant.

Individual victories included first, seventh, ninth, and 17th placements in Short-field Landing and third, fourth, eighth, and 16th in Power-off Landing. In the Aircraft Preflight Inspection event, team members placed fourth, fifth, and ninth and in Aircraft Recognition there were first, fifth, 16th, and 17th place rankings. The Ground Trainer event had Wildcats in the second and seventh places; third and ninth place in Simulated Comprehensive Aircraft Navigation; and third, 15th and 17th in Manual Flight Computer Accuracy.

Teams of two K-State participants fourth, ninth, 14th, 15th, and 18th places in Message Drop and fifth, eighth, and 15th in Navigation.

Region VI includes teams from Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.

NIFA's 2012 National SAFECON will be hosted by K-State Salina.

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K-State is an elite Top 5 aviation university. Located on the Salina campus adjacent to a 12,000-foot runway, the program has a modern fleet of more than 40 learning aircraft and more Master Certified Flight Instructors than any other college or university in the country. K-State Salina offers affordable degrees in aircraft maintenance, professional pilot, technology management and engineering technology. Certificate programs are available in air traffic control, airframe and powerplant, airport management, avionics maintenance technology and unmanned aerial systems. More information on K-State aviation programs is available atwww.salina.k-state.edu/aviation.

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The Salina Airport Authority has developed the premier airport and industrial center in the Midwest. The board of directors and staff are proactive in providing the citizens of Salina, Saline County and North Central Kansas with a center that support business and industry, which, in turn, provides jobs and payroll that benefit the region.

The Salina Airport Authority is home to the Salina Municipal Airport, the Salina Aviation Service Center and the Salina Airport Industrial Center.

Source: Salina Airport Authority

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