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Ohio State University Airport hosts college flight competition next week

The best and the brightest in collegiate aviation will descend on the Ohio State University Airport to display their talents at the annual National Intercollegiate Flying Association Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON), May 16-21.

SAFECON is a national competition that brings more than 300 students from 30 colleges and universities from across the country to vie to become national champions for both team and pilot honors. This competition develops and advances aviation education through a strong emphasis on aviation safety. The conference held consecutively with the competition provides a foundation to promote and foster communications and cooperation between aviation students, educators and the aviation industry.

“The Ohio State Airport is proud to host the nation’s top college students in aviation,” said Douglas Hammon, airport director. “SAFECON gives students a chance to showcase their knowledge and skill in aviation, and is a great way to network with aviation professionals.”

Events of interest include the “power off” landing on Wednesday (5/18), where students land their planes without power; and the message drop on Friday (5/20), where students attempt to drop a small box onto a specified target on the field.

“It’s an honor to host the 2011 Safety And Flight Evaluation Conference and join a long tradition of aviation excellence through education, competition and fellowship,” said Bradley Hock, SAFECON President.

“Hosting SAFECON is a perfect fit for the airport’s mission to provide a learning laboratory and professional experience for students seeking to lead, develop and operate tomorrow’s safe and efficient global aviation system,” Hammon added.

For more information about SAFECON, go to www.safecon2011.org