Aviation Students Earn Spot in National Flight Competition

Photo by Scott Wells | The Prospectus The Frasca 241 Flight Simulator sits inside the Institute of Aviation at Willard Airport in Savoy, Ill. The simulator is currently used to train students flying the Piper Archer aircraft.

Photo by Scott Wells | The Prospectus
The Frasca 241 Flight Simulator sits inside the Institute of Aviation at Willard Airport in Savoy, Ill. The simulator is currently used to train students flying the Piper Archer aircraft.

A flight team from the Parkland College Institute of Aviation at the University of Illinois finished strong during recent regional competitions, qualifying for a national berth.

Parkland scored third place overall at the National Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference’s (SAFECON) Region 8 competition, held October 7–10 at Lewis University in Lockport, Illinois. The competition is sponsored by the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA). Teams competing were Southern Illinois University, Lewis University, Purdue University, Quincy University, Indiana State University, and Parkland College.

Parkland’s team ranked third for both flight events and ground events.
Several members on Parkland’s team also received top honors during the competition. Aviation institute Director Sybil Phillips won the Coach of the Year Award, while students Megan Tieman of Bement and Fran Tao of China won first and second place, respectively, in the female college aviator category.
The national SAFECON will be held May 9–14, 2016, at the Ohio State University in Columbus.
NIFA was formed for the purposes of developing and advancing aviation education; to promote, encourage and foster safety in aviation; to promote and foster communications and cooperation between aviation students, educators, educational institutions and the aviation industry; and to provide an arena for collegiate aviation competition.