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Flying Salukis keep top spot in 2015 NIFA SafeconFlying Salukis keep top spot in 2015 NIFA Safecon

Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s flight team held onto the top spot at the 2015 National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (Safecon).

It was the second straight national title for the Flying Salukis, who scored 430 points to beat 28 collegiate flying teams. Safecon was held May 11 through 16 at The Ohio State University Airport in Columbus.

The University of North Dakota's UND Flying Team from Grand Forks, North Dakota, took second place with 395 points. Third went to the Golden Eagles of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, Arizona, with 366 points. In fourth place was Western Michigan University’s Sky Broncos, with 234 points, and in fifth was The Ohio State University Flight Team with 183 points.

Colleges earn points toward the top award for each student who places in an event. The teams compete in ground and flight events, including navigation, message drop, preflight, power-off landing, and short-field approach and landing.

The top-scoring male pilot was Christian R. Mohan from UND. Mohan also earned the top spot for the national pilot award. The top-scoring female pilot was Elizabeth A. Bates from Western Michigan. Complete results are available online.

Jill W. Tallman

Jill W. Tallman

AOPA Technical Editor
AOPA Technical Editor Jill W. Tallman is an instrument-rated private pilot who owns a Piper Cherokee 140.
Topics: Pilot Training and Certification, Flight Training, Safety and Education

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