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Flying Aggies Capture First Place at Regional Competition

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Oklahoma State University Flying Aggies Flight Team placed first in the 2014 National Intercollegiate Flying Association SAFECON Region VI Competition, held in Warrensburg, Mo., October 19-24. By winning the competition, OSU secured a place in the national competition in May 2015 in Columbus, Ohio.

OSU defeated six other schools to win the competition and become the only Oklahoma school to earn a place at nationals. Team members are captain Jake Akin, co-captain Michael Parisi, Paul Downing, Garrett Quinby, Lucy McCollom, Max Maroney, Tyler Sherrick, Devon Haith and Muhammad Thiam. Rick Gladden and Jade Schiewe serve as coaches and Dr. Jon Loffi, assistant professor in aerospace administration and operations, is the faculty advisor for the Flying Aggies.

OSU totaled 451 points overall and 289 in flight events. Competition events included E6B (flight computer) accuracy, Simulated Comprehensive Aircraft Navigation (SCAN), Navigation, Aircraft Recognition, Short Field Approach and Landings, Power off Landings, Message Drop, Ground Trainer, and Aircraft Preflight Inspection. 

School Overall Ranking                              Points
1. Oklahoma State University                     451
2. Kansas State University - Salina                 425
3. University of Nebraska - Omaha                 421
4. Southeastern Oklahoma State University    397
5. University of Central Missouri                    345
6. Parks College of St. Louis University         256
7. University of Oklahoma                              195

School Flight Events Ranking                    Points
1. Oklahoma State University                          289
2. University of Nebraska - Omaha                 281
3. Kansas State University - Salina                 234
4. Southeastern Oklahoma State University    219
5. University of Central Missouri                    177
6. Parks College of St. Louis University         145
7. University of Oklahoma                              123