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Student aviators land in top spots at regional competition


Two Ohio University aviation students from the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology placed in top positions at the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) regional SAFECON competition in October.

The competition at The Ohio State University included colleges and universities from around Ohio and Michigan. Students were tested in nine events both on the ground and in-flight.

Junior Travis Fisher, of Lancaster, Ohio, and freshman Grant Rhue, of Athens, Ohio, placed first in the “message drop” event, in which they had to manually drop two message containers from 200 feet in the air. The teams were scored based on how close to the targets their containers landed. 

Fisher also came in second place in the “short field approach and landing” event, in which students had three chances to land a plane on a short approach and touchdown on the runway in a 200-foot zone, similar to an aircraft carrier landing.

Ohio University will host the 2011 NIFA SAFECON competition for region three next fall.