Ohio University’s Flying Bobcats place in safety at national collegiate aviator competition
By Joe Barbaree
Athens, Ohio (May 29, 2012) – Ohio University’s Flying Bobcats came home with one of the top safety awards at the 2012 NIFA National SAFECON in Salina, Kansas.
The Bobcats travelled to Kansas State University for the national, intercollegiate competition May 10-19, where the team snagged the second place safety award and finished ninth overall in the nation.
“I’m really proud of the Flying Bobcats,” said George Armann, staff flight instructor and Flying Bobcats team coach. “Receiving second place in the American Airlines Safety Award shows that we are one of the safest schools in the country to fly for.”
The Bobcats arrived in Kansas with other teams starting on May 10 to begin practicing and acclimating themselves to their new environment, though the competition officially kicked off on May 14 with competition events ending on May 18.
Officials briefed the teams during the first day and commenced the competition with ground events that included a manual flight computer activity, a simulated comprehensive aircraft navigation (SCAN) – a hypothetical exercise in which students answer flight information based on hypothetical situations – and a general assembly for displaying each team’s aircraft.
Events throughout the rest of the week challenged each team’s abilities in a range of air maneuvers and equipment proficiencies, including a navigation event that required students to fly a certain route and be judged based on a tracking GPS.
“Our goal was to place top ten and after placing 11th last year it is a great improvement,” said team captain Jeff Guynes. “The team and Coach Armann are all very pleased with our performance,” he added.