Athens, OH 20 October 2013 – During the past week, the Ohio University Flying Bobcats had the honor of representing the Department of Aviation at the National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s (NIFA) Region III Safecon competition held this year in Battle Creek, Michigan. Thirteen team members competed, led by Coach George Armann. The team traveled to Battle Creek on Thursday, October 10th and spent the weekend practicing and becoming acquainted with the airport and the flight conditions there.
In addition to the OU Flying Bobcats, teams from Ohio State, Kent State, U. of Cincinnati, and the host university, Western Michigan, took part. Competition events during the week included flight planning, preflight inspection, precision landings, aircraft navigation, flight recognition, and simulated comprehensive aircraft navigation.
During the competition, we faced rapidly changing weather conditions that varied from sunny and warm to cold, blowing rain and low cloud ceilings. However, the Flying Bobcats are a dedicated group of individuals who proudly represent OU and are willing to go the extra mile. As you might expect, the Bobcats were undaunted by the weather challenges and they performed well against stiff competition. The team finished well in power-off landings, and our navigation team took home the third place trophy. For the fifth consecutive year, the Flying Bobcats received the Safety Award for outstanding safety procedures and practices. In the aircraft recognition competition, an event I enjoy, I finished second. Best of all, the OU Flying Bobcats qualified to complete in the national competition to be held in Columbus in spring 2014.
This is my fourth year of competition and nationals in the spring will mark the last NIFA competition of my college career. But even after I’m gone, the Flying Bobcats will continue to represent OU with pride.