News Releases 2008

LETU Home To Top Female Pilot As Team Ranks Seventh In Nation

Wed, May 14 2008

LeTourneau University is home to the nation’s top collegiate female pilot, for the second time. Emily Harrison Brown ranked first among female pilots at the recent National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s 2008 SAFECON competition hosted by Middle Tennessee University in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

LeTourneau University’s aeronautical science “Sting Precision Flight Team” matched its best-ever placement with a seventh place overall in the nation for the second consecutive year. The LETU team placed second in regional competition last October.

The LETU “Sting” Precision Flight Team won third place in message drop, fifth place in ground events and 10th place in the flying events to make their 7th place finish overall. They competed against over 300 students from 31 teams from all over the country, including Embry Riddle, Purdue University and the United States Air Force Academy.

“For the second year in a row we have ranked seventh nationally, which has been our best-ever national showing,” said Brad Wooden, team coach, flight instructor and faculty adviser. “We met our goal of a top-10 finish again and saw an exceptional showing by Emily Harrison Brown.” Wooden coaches 12 flight students on the LETU Sting Precision Flight team.

LeTourneau University is an interdenominational Christian university of nearly 4,000 students with academic majors in the aeronautical sciences, business, education, engineering, the liberal arts and sciences. LeTourneau University is located in Longview, Texas, but also offers business degrees and teacher certification programs online and at education centers in Austin, Bedford, Dallas, Houston and Tyler.