Flight Team Receives Award

LeTourneau University’s " Sting Precision Flight Team" has won the rarest and oldest of all collegiate aviation awards – The Loening Trophy. Named after Dr. Grover Loening, aviation pioneer and first aeronautical engineer for the Wright Brothers, this coveted honor is considered the most prestigious award at the annual NIFA (National Intercollegiate Flying Association) SAFECON competition and recognizes the outstanding all-around collegiate aviation program in the nation.

The pure silver, Tiffany designed trophy has been awarded to outstanding programs throughout the years since Loening asked his friends and famous pilots, Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart, to join him in judging the first competition in 1929, but its extraordinary significance hasn’t tarnished.

The award not only recognizes the pivotal values of aviation success and safety, from aeronautical skills to professionalism, but also emphasizes academic achievement and community involvement.

Congratulations to the students who participated in the 2009 SAFECON Competition!

 Team members: Chris Barnes, Rachel Ballou, Alex Minium, Jared Gebel, Marc Gravelle, Daniel Grollimund, Leanne Haycraft, Steve Hederstedt, Ben Hoogewerf, Brandon McCann, Chad Mertz, Ken Misiak, Sam Myers, Andrew Robinson, Caleb Waite and Andre Ziolkowski.
Team coach: LETU flight instructor Roger Braun 

2009 SAFECON Results (May 17-23, Parks College of St. Louis University):

  • LETU’s team placed 11th overall in the nation.
  • Barnes was LETU’s highest scoring competitor, placing 2nd in the IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) Ground Trainer Event.
  • Ballou placed 3rd in the Women’s Achievement Award and received the Outstanding Team Member Award.
  • Barnes and Minium placed 6th in the Crew Resource Management Event.
  • LETU's team also placed 3rd in the American Airlines Safety Award Presentation. The American Airlines Safety Award is presented to the aviation college or university which has an outstanding safety record and demonstrates the most innovative approach to further aviation safety throughout the academic year.