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The Sting Precision Flight Team is a group of highly skilled aviation students led by faculty advisor Jered Lease for the purpose of training and developing disciples to work and minister in the discipline of the aviation field with precision and excellence. Sting is a member of The National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA ), which acts as the NCAA of collegiate aviation.

At NIFA sanctioned Safety and Flight Evaluation Conferences (SAFECON), members of Sting skills are measured directly against other collegiate aviators from across the country through a series of ground and flight Events. Sting members dedicate a great amount of time preparing for these events in order to compete at the level desired.

In addition to preparing for competition, Sting helps represent LeTourneau to the local aviation community. The flight team has been called on by the administration to help with preview weekends, giving tours and hosting different events in the Abbott Aviation Center.

LETU's flight team won the coveted Loening Trophy at the 2009 SAFECON competition hosted by Park College in St. Louis, Mo., considered the most prestigious award at the annual SAFECON competition, the Loening Trophy is awarded to the outstanding all-around collegiate aviation program in the nation. The award represents superb achievement in aeronautical skills and represents the current benchmark for an overall outstanding collegiate aviation program.


LeTourneau University's Sting Precision Flight Team has scored some major collegiate aviation awards.

Most recently Sting defended their title as the reigning 2015 Region IV Champions for the third year in a row. The team outscored their nearest competitor by 117 points. In addition to this, the team took home several awards and first place finishes. To learn more, about Sting's winning history visit NIFA's Competition Archives.

In 2012, the team was awarded the Competition Safety Award for having displayed the highest degree of safety during the week of competition. Teams are judged on their ability to maintain a safe environment while handling aircraft, as well as their professionalism and behavior.

The 2011 SAFECON brought the Coach of the Year award. This award is presented to the coach who has demonstrated the best qualities in coaching, support, and leadership. Team members nominate the coach they fell best meets this criteria.

In 2010 the team earned the American Airlines Safety Award.

The AA Safety Award is presented annually to the college or university which has an outstanding safety record and demonstrates the most innovative approach to further aviation safety.

The previous year, LETU's flight team scored the Loening Trophy. Considered the most prestigious award at the annual SAFECON competition, the Loening Trophy recognizes the outstanding all-around collegiate aviation program in the nation.







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The Sting Precision Flight Team is always looking for partners willing to join us in our mission of honoring God through excellence in Aviation. The School of Aviation and Aeronautical Sciences generously covers the costs of flight hours for members to prepare and compete in competition but the rest of the funds required for travel, lodging, and meals at competition must be generated through fundraising.



We are currently seeking funds to purchase a Cessna 150. With the purchase of the Cessna 150, the perfect platform for the accuracy landing events we compete in, we hope to showcase our students talents and the overall level of training of the LeTourneau Flight Science Program. A target fundraising goal has been set for the purchase, revitalization, and painting of an aircraft that will showcase our school and students’ talents. Please designate any donations to this cause as the “C150 project.”


Jered Lease
Chief Flight Instructor,
NIFA Team Faculty Advisor

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"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving"
Colossians 3:23-24