The team from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott took home the national championship title from the 2023 National Intercollegiate Flying Association Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference.
The annual NIFA competition pits collegiate aviation teams against each other in a series of air and ground competitions in which participants demonstrate their flying skills and knowledge. This year’s event took place May 8 through 13 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Teams from 30 colleges and universities were invited to compete.
The championship trophy is awarded to the team with the most cumulative points during the competition. Additional awards are presented for the flight event championship; ground event championship; safety; top scoring contestant; achievement; and individual trophies for events such as short-field landing, power-off-landing, and message drop. There are also achievement interviews and a judges’ trophy.