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KSU flight team finishes in 7th at competition

By Bryan Richardson

There’s no place like home for Kansas State University Salina’s Flight Team, which earned a seventh place finish in a national flight competition that the campus hosted.

The National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s National Safety And Flight Evaluation Conference, or SAFECON, and competition was May 14-19 at the Salina Municipal Airport. Twenty-eight teams from schools across the country participated.

The Kansas State University Salina team won an invitation to the national competition by placing second in the association’s Region VI competition in October 2011.

The competition consists of 13 events, with members of the Kansas State University Salina Flight Team earning 10 individual placements in the top 20 in nine events: Certified Flight Instructor, Computer Accuracy, Ground Trainer, IFR Simulated Flight, Men’s Achievement Award, Power-off Landing, Short-field Landing and Simulated Comprehensive Aircraft Navigation. The team placed fifth overall in the flying events.

Here’s a look at what the events required:

•The Certified Flight Instructor event evaluates an instructor’s preparing and teaching a predetermined subject.

•Contestants work against the clock in the Computer Accuracy event as they manually solve mathematical flight planning computations on time, speed, distance, wind correction, fuel requirements and conversion factors.

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