Southeastern places third in Aviation competition

Members of the SE Flight Team prepare for the competition -- Tow bar, Tatiana Beach (Co-Captain); Right Wing, Landon Clark; Tail, Daniel Hair; Right Strut, Luke Weigel; and Left Wing: Nathan Lopez. Photo: SE Communications.

SE Communications

DURANT – Southeastern Oklahoma State University hosted the National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s (NIFA) Region IV SAFECON Oct. 16-20.

The SE Flight Team finished third in the SAFECON Championship, trailing only LeTourneau University and Oklahoma State University. The first and second place teams receive automatic bids to the national competition in May in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

However, Southeastern is not out of the running – the SE Flight Team will learn if it’s strong third place finish is enough for an invitation to the nationals by the end of the year.

Southeastern also finished second in flying events and third in ground events.  A number of SE team members earned top 10 finishes to bolster the overall team effort.

“I am very proud of our team’s progress, as we showed great improvement over last year,’’ said Kyle Thomas, Chief Flight Instructor and Flight Operations Manager at the SE Aviation Sciences Institute. “We were only 19 points behind the second place team. And the weather was beautiful and it was a great week of competition.’’

Following are the results from the SAFECON competition hosted by Southeastern, including individual results for SE flight team members:

SAFECON Championship

  • 1st place               LeTourneau University                  248 points
  • 2nd place              Oklahoma State                                189 points
  • 3rd place               Southeastern                                    170 points
  • 4th place               Louisiana Tech                                   68 points
  • 5th place               Delta State                                          51 points
  • 6th place               Texas State Tech Col.                      32 points

Flight Events Championship       SE     2nd place

Ground Events Championship   SE     3rd place

Top Scoring Contestants

  • Peyton Kirby                      4th place               34 points
  • Jinseong Park                    9th place               28 points
  • Nathan Lopez                    11th Place            27 points
  • Kyle Lyons                           12th place            26 points

Aircraft Preflight

  • Kyle Lyons                           3rd Place
  • Damian Ramirez               8th place

Aircraft Recognition

  • Luke Weigel                        7th place

Computer Accuracy (E6B)

  • Peyton Kirby                      1st place
  • Jinseong Park                     6th place

Ground Training (SIM)

  • Nathan Lopez                    7th place
  • Jinseong Park                     8th place

Message Drop

  • Peyton Kirby                      1st place
    • Braden Weber
  • Luke Weigel                        4th Place
    • Tatiana Beach
  • Alex Craycraft                    8th place
    • Nathan Lopez

Power Off Landing

  • Jinseong Park                     1st place
  • Alex Craycraft                    4th place
  • Nathan Lopez                    5th place
  • Braden Weber                   6th place

Short Field Landing

  • Nathan Lopez                    5th place
  • Braden Weber                   9th place

Traditional Navigation

  • Kyle Lyons                           2nd place
    • Braden Weber
  • Peyton Kirby                      4th place
    • Jinseong Park

Unlimited Navigation

  • Daniel Hair                          6th place
    • Alex Craycraft

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