Westminster's Flight Team Soars to National Competition

Oct 27, 2015

Oct. 27, 2015 Team places third overall in regional competition SALT LAKE CITY - Westminster College's Flight Team recently placed third in the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) Region I Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON) competition. As a result, the team qualifies to compete in the National SAFECON competition at The Ohio State University in May 2016. During the competition, the team placed third overall, and ranked second in ground events and third in flight events. They were also named as the regional Safety Award winner. "We are all really proud of the hard work that the team has put in at regionals that helped us qualify for nationals for the third time in a row," said Nicolle Huang, flight team secretary. "Nationals will allow us to not only compete with other schools from all around the country, but also enable us to network with many potential employers. Overall, we are all excited to be attending nationals again so that we can demonstrate our abilities, fly in a new environment and ultimately, have a great time." The Region 1 SAFECON includes schools from Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Idaho and Utah. The competition was held October 12-16, in Rangely, Colo., and teams competed in a variety of flying and ground events such as short-field approach and landings, flight planning, computer accuracy, navigation and safety and aircraft recognition, and other several other events. The Westminster College Flight Team includes flight students and instructors who devote many of their Saturdays to practicing for the NIFA competitions. Participation in NIFA promotes professionalism, exacting standards and friendly competition among student pilots. It also provides scholarship opportunities and recognition for top-flight students. This year's flight team includes: Sean Pursel (team captain), Robert Lindgren (team manager), Nicolle Huang (team secretary), Connor Hennebry, Collin Fleck, Damir Selmanovic, Isaac McKown, Emma Fox, Paige Mathison, Sam Giese, Stephen Hollis, Kyle Chang, Patrick Sanchez, Joe Feichko (team coach) and Ian McCabe (faculty advisor). For more information on Westminster's Aviation Program, visit: www.westminstercollege.edu/aviation.  

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