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Flying Bobcats place 13th in national flight competition

Kaitor Kposowa | Jun 3, 2015
Flying bobcats group photo

Flying Bobcats place 13th in national flight competition

Kaitor Kposowa | Jun 3, 2015

Ohio University's Flying Bobcats placed thirteenth overall at the 2015 National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s (NIFA) national SAFECON aviation competition May 11-16 in Columbus, Ohio, at Ohio State University's KOSU airport.

Team advisor and Associate Professor of Aviation Deak Arch said involvement in aviation competitions of this scale is essential for professional student development, as well as the fostering of aviation safety practices.

"I couldn’t be prouder of these students," Arch said. "Being invited to a national event speaks volumes, but placing in these events shows the commitment our students have to each other, the aviation industry, and thereby, the community they service. They deserve special recognition for their professional representation at such an esteemed aviation event.”

Twenty-nine teams competed in various flight competitions testing aviation proficiency, knowledge, and piloting ability. In addition to team captain Daniel Roy, a senior from Mason, Ohio, the Flying Bobcats competitors included senior Colleen Thompson of West Chester, Ohio; junior Danny Rosenberg of Columbus; junior Trent Lindsay of Cincinnati; junior Rob Dressel of Tipp City, Ohio; senior Corey Fisher of Lancaster, Ohio; senior Dragoslav Cvijetinovic of Cleveland; senior Matthew Kershaw of Maryland; senior Ethan Quastler of Columbus; and sophomore Kristen Morris of East Palestine, Ohio.

The Flying Bobcats competed in 10 team and individual events, with Roy and Thompson bringing home eighth for navigation and Rosenberg placing ninth for short-field approach and landings. Swink took the outstanding team member award.

Roy also competed in the ground trainer, crew resource management and power-off landing events. He said balance is one of the key lessons he learned through his leadership experience this year.

“I wasn’t only preparing myself this year, but also guiding newer members in events they were just getting accustomed to,” he explained. “Fitting in time to practice around a full-time student and flight instructing schedule was challenging, but my team made it all worth it and relatively painless.”

For Roy, this event marked his third national SAFECON participation. He said he is happy with the team’s performance and its future trajectory.

“I think the team is in a very good place,” he said. “They have the ability and knowledge to place in the top 10 next year, and I’m very confident they’ll see to it.”