The best and brightest in collegiate aviation returned to The Ohio State University Airport in May to display their talents at the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON). The Ohio State University Flight Team finished 7th overall out of a field of 29 competition teams. They placed a solid 4th in the Ground Events Championship. The Ohio State team was just a few points away from 5th place, but some weather issues and logistical planning (i.e. amount of day light) prevented two of the three navigation teams from competing this year.
Team Captains Anthony Pentz and Alex Mulac brought home a bigger percentage of hardware this year. Anthony placed overall as fourth in Top Scoring Contestant. The Preflight domination continues with Alex taking first place and Anthony second place. Anthony also placed second in the Aircraft Recognition Event and Ground Trainer event. Overall the team of 10 members represented the Buckeyes in good fashion.
The SAFECON was a big success judging by the schools’ and judges’ comments throughout the week. The Ohio State University and The Center for Aviation Studies are also going to be hosting the 2014 NIFA SAFECON in May of next year. The students running this year’s conference did an outstanding job and truly went above the standard in the organization and execution of the event. The OSU Airport staff and Air Traffic Control Tower once again proved why Ohio State is the place to be when hosting a SAFECON.
This year was the first year for Utah Valley University to compete at a National SAFECON. They brought a film crew along to document the event. Click on the link below and watch a video capturing the week of SAFECON. It brings back memories to all who competed. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFVZcchA5l8
For more about this year’s SAFECON, go to The Columbus Dispatch article and video at http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2013/05/11/top-flight-teams.html.