K-State Salina Flight Team lands first-place finish at regional SAFECON competition

SALINA — Kansas State University Salina’s 2013-2014 Flight Team has become the first in university history to win the SAFECON VI regional. This year’s event was Oct. 28-Nov. 1 in Stillwater, Okla.

At the event, student teams participated in flight and ground events that tested their abilities in all aspects of flight. Overall, K-State Salina’s Flight Team members earned 26 top-20 finishes, 13 top-five finishes and two first-place finishes. A team member earned the Top Pilot Award and the team placed first overall in ground events and second in flight events.

Team captain is Bert Hutchinson, senior in professional pilot, Wichita. Trevor Henson, junior in airport management, Dunlap, Ill., is the team coach. Tom Karcz, assistant professor of aviation, is the team’s faculty adviser.

“I am very proud of what the team was able to accomplish at regionals this year,” Karcz said. “We, as a team, have taken third and second places within the past years, so to place first is great for the students. We hope to build on this momentum for nationals.”

The K-State Salina Flight Team now will compete at the national SAFECON competition, My 12-16, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. Read more