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Ohio University student aviators place third at regional competition

Samantha Peko | Oct 20, 2014
NIFA regionals
Photo by Rob Hardin

Ohio University student aviators place third at regional competition

Samantha Peko | Oct 20, 2014

Photo by Rob Hardin

Ohio University's flight team placed third for the second consecutive year at the Region III National Intercollegiate Flying Association's (NIFA) Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON).

The Flying Bobcats topped Kent State and Bowling Green in overall school ranking at the annual competition, hosted by Ohio State University (OSU) from Oct. 6-10.

“The competition started out rather slow due to some weather delays for the flying events, but we were able to get everything completed,” said team captain and senior Dylan Ewing, who is from London, Ohio. “I was very proud of the team. They sent me out in a good way, as this was my last competition.”

The teams competed in nine events focused on navigation, landing, equipment proficiency and other tasks relevant to safe aircraft operation.

Aviation faculty member George Armann, the team’s eam adviser, said he’s proud of the team’s performance.

“Our flying events really catapulted us past Kent State and allowed us to finish ahead of them,” he said about finishing third overall in “school flight events” ranking.

Colleen Thompson, a senior from West Chester Township, Ohio, placed third in “top scoring female contestant”; Danny Rosenberg, a sophomore from Lewis Center, Ohio, placed fourth in “short field approach and landing ranking”; and Trent Lindsay, a junior from New Waterford, Ohio, placed fourth in “simulated comprehensive aircraft navigation ranking.”  According to Armann, the team, which is supported by Russ Vision Funds to engage students beyond the classroom, will now move to the next stage of competitions. 

“We’ll be going to the national competition back at OSU in May,” he said.