College & Community Relations

Aims Aviation department soars in regional flight competition

Submitted on: 10-26-2005

Five Aims Community College Aviation students recently placed in the National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s Rocky Mountain region competition held at TriCounty Airport in Erie. The week-long event tests pilots’ skills both on and off the ground. On the ground, students went head to head in aircraft identification, pre-flight inspection and mathematics. In the air, the NIFA competitors tested their skills in power-off landing, short-field landing, a navigation event and a message drop event. Aims did well against tough competitors from Colorado, Montana and Utah including Colorado Northwestern Community College, Rocky Mountain College, United States Air Force Academy, Utah Valley State College and Westminster College. Aims’ top performance in the competition came from Joel Thomas who took first place in the message drop portion of the competition. Additionally, Thomas placed in the top 10 in the preflight inspection and aircraft recognition portions. Aims’ Jason Hutts placed in the power-off landing, and the short-field approach categories. Andrew Wiegand placed in the pre-flight inspection. Kyle Lamar placed in the message drop, and Kristian Fitzgerald placed in the power-off landing competition. “I’m just really proud of them,” said Aims Chief Flight Instructor and NIFA team coach Mike Joy. “We only had a month to prepare, and we were up against the top aviation colleges in the whole Rocky Mountain region. They are truly a representation of the fine pilots we train out here.”

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