Flight Team

2022 autumn flight team and coaches pose with their scarlet and gray aircraft

The Ohio State Flight Team is a student competition team made up of some of the best collegiate aviators at Ohio State. As a member of the flight team, students are able to sharpen their aviation skills and develop relationships with their peers and members of the aviation industry.

The team competes in the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) which hosts Regional and National Safety and Flight Evaluation Conferences (SAFECON). In SAFECON, flight teams compete in a number of ground and flight events honing the skills and knowledge of the next generation of aviation professionals. At the Regional level, Ohio State competes with five schools. The top three schools from each region around the country receive an invitation to the National SAFECON where approximately thirty to thirty-five schools from around the country compete. Normally, a National SAFECON includes more than 500 people between competitors, coaches, volunteers and judges.

Ohio State is consistently a top-five placing school in the nation, competing with greats such as Embry-Riddle, University of North Dakota and Western Michigan University. Ohio State is often the host of the national SAFECON, however, when hosted elsewhere, the team gets the opportunity to travel!

All students are invited and encouraged to join the team. No aviation experience is required, although it does help. There are no dues or membership costs to team members.

Captains: Dominic Parenti - parenti.6@osu.edu, Michael Sterling - sterling.165@osu.edu, Devyn Thurman - thurman.75@osu.edu

Team Email: ohiostateflightteam@gmail.com

Team website: flyOSU.org

Head Coach: John Ginley - ginley.10@osu.edu

Advisor: Brandon Mann - mann.123@osu.edu