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LETU Flight Team Takes First Place in Regional NIFA Competition


LETU's "Sting" Precision Flight Team won first place overall, first place in ground events and second place in the flying events at the recent National Intercollegiate Flying Association's 2011 Region IV SAFECON competition hosted by Hinds Community College in Raymond, Miss. The competition was held Oct 25-29. The team's first place overall win at regionals qualifies the students to compete at Kansas State University in May in Salina, Kansas.

"This is the fourth consecutive year we have won first place in this competition," said Brad Wooden, assistant chief flight instructor, faculty adviser and team coach. "Our team performed excellently this year. Our students competing in the landing competition did extremely well in very difficult wind conditions. Trent Wiens, who was a late substitution, was our top performer in the landings placing 4th and 10th in his landing events. We also continued our domination of the ground events. In both the Manual Flight Computer (E6B) and Aircraft Recognition written tests, our students took the top four spots. Two of our ladies, Jessie Robinson and Whitney Brouwer were also the top scoring females."
LETU competes regionally against seven schools in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

Individual results are as follows:

In Computer Accuracy, students are given a timed, written test of aviation math problems to figure problems dealing with time, speed, distance, gradients, weight, balance and wind issues.
Patrick Harney: 1st
Michael Felts: 2nd
Whitney Brouwer: 3rd
Trent Wiens: 4th
Nathan Moses: 8th

In Ground Trainer events, contestants fly on a flight simulator making complex patterns including climbs, descents and turns. A computerized scoring system keeps account of inaccurate flying.
Justin Sutton: 3rd
Nathan Moses: 4th

In Aircraft Recognition competition, students are given three seconds to view a partial photo of an aircraft and must select the right answer within 15 seconds.
Sam Myers: 1st
Ben Hoogewerf: 2nd
Justin Sutton: 3rd
Bryan Stankovich: 4th
Josiah Condreay: 28th

In the Aircraft Preflight Inspection competition, young pilots find discrepancies in preflight checks that have been placed there by mechanics.
Jessie Robinson: 1st
Christian Morales: 3rd

In the Message Drop Competition, students drop a 2-oz. container from an altitude of 200 feet into a barrel.
Justin Sutton/Michael Felts: 2nd
Trent Wiens/Nathan Moses: 3rd
Bryan Stankovich/Ben Hoogewerf: 14th
Whitney Brouwer/Suzanne Ketter: 16th
Josiah Condreay/Luke Sjoblom: 19th

In the Short Field Landing competition, students use power to manage their descent to the runway, but once you reduce the power it cannot be added back in.
Trent Wiens: 4th
Christian Morales: 11th
Patrick Harney: 21st
Sam Myers: 26th
Michael Felts: 30th

In the Power Off Landing competition, students reduce the engine power to idle and land the plane like a glider.
Trent Wiens: 10th
Sam Myers: 11th
Christian Morales: 13th
Patrick Harney: 17th
Ben Hoogewerf: 25th

In the Simulated Comprehensive Aircraft Navigation (SCAN) event, students are tested on pre-flight planning and en route navigation based on charts for a hypothetical flight from departure to destination and return to point of departure.
Jessie Robinson: 4th
Luke Sjoblom: 9th
Patrick Harney: 10th
Suzanne Ketter: 11th
Christian Morales: 14th

In the Navigation team event, teams have an hour to plan a cross-country flight plan and submit it before take off, then the team flies the route and are judged on how accurately their plan matched their flight.
Luke Sjoblom/Sam Myers: 2nd
Christian Morales/Nathan Moses: 4th
Patrick Harney/Trent Wiens: 6th

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