The Ohio State University Flight Team has returned from Region III SAFECON hosted by Western Michigan University with an excessive amount of hardware. The Ohio State Flight Team placed 2nd overall in the Championship Trophy and took the 1st Place honors as the Flying Events Champions. The team also placed 2nd in the Ground Events Championships. “Weather played a lot of havoc during the competition, but the Buckeye aircraft and pilots proved once again that they are a quality flight education program with the amount of pilots that helped the team score,” said Scott Van Ooyen, Southwest Airlines captain and Flight Team coach.
“Special congratulations to team captain John Ginley, senior in aviation engineering, who scored the most points and is the Region III Top Pilot,” commented Van Ooyen. “I’m going to have to check the archives, but I believe Team OSU has captured this title consecutively for the previous 6-7 SAFECONs,” he added. Ginley also took first place in the navigation event, along with co-captain Josh Fisher, senior in aviation management at Fisher College of Business. Fisher brought home the first place award in Aircraft Recognition.
The goal of the flight team is to sharpen mental and practical skills related to aviation and to build the next generation of pilots and other aviation professionals. The Flying Buckeyes participate in flight/ground-based intercollegiate competition with aviation schools across the country via the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA).
A few highlights from the week.
- 1st Place John Ginley (senior, aviation engineering/Joshua Fisher senior, aviation management, Fisher College of Business)
Power Off Landings
- 2nd Place John Bauchmoyer (senior, Arts and Sciences, aircraft systems)
- 3rd Place Justin Abrams (senior, aviation engineering)
- 8th Place John Ginley
Short Field Landings
- 2nd Place Ben Gaddy
- 3rd Place John Ginley
- 4th Place Justin Abrams
- 3rd Place Ben Gaddy (senior, Arts and Sciences aviation management)
- 3rd Place John Ginley
- 6th Place Justin Abrams
- 9th Place Tom Harmon (junior, aviation engineering)
- 1st Place Joshua Fisher
- 6th Place Ryan Elkins (junior, aviation engineering)
- 4th Place Joshua Fisher
- 5th Place John Ginley
- 6th Place Ben Gaddy
- 5th Place Ben Gaddy
- 4th Place John Ginley
- 7th Place Alyssa Manning (senior, aviation engineering)
- 1st Place John Ginley
- 4th Place Tie, Justin Abrams and Ben Gaddy
- 9th Place John Bauchmoyer
The Ohio State University Center for Aviation Studies is honored to be hosting SAFECON 2014, the national Flight Team competition, at The Ohio State University Airport from May 10-18, 2014. To find out more about SAFECON, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFVZcchA5l8 to watch a video produced by Utah Valley University that provides a great overall look at the happenings at The Ohio State University Airport at SAFECON 2013.