-- Ohio State Flight Team Finishes Top-Ten at NIFA National SAFECON 2019 --
The Ohio State Flight Team returned home on Sunday from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Janesville, WI after another successful and fun week at NIFA National SAFECON 2019.
Twenty-nine schools from around the nation descended upon Janesville and Madison to vie for the National Championship title. Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport (JVL), which normally has less than 100 operations per day, hosted more than 1,000 operations during the peak days of competition and practice. Our week in Wisconsin proved mostly to be quite chilly, but yet most of the team returned home with some form of sunburn; amazing how that happens!
I am pleased to announce that of the 29 schools, the Ohio State Flight Team placed 8th Place Overall National Champs: 6th in Flying Events, 8th in Ground Events.
The Ohio State Flight Team once again represented the University in Buckeye pride and enthusiasm. The 12 team members, led by co-captains senior Jonah Desrochers and junior Bryon Lord and coaching staff, had another tremendous competition experience. Our team once again showed professionalism, competitive excellence, and great attitudes during the week. We are always the team which does very well and are fun people to be around on the ramp. It has encouraged other schools to take our lead.
We welcomed three new team members this year as well: Zoe “Goodall” Karan, Will “Shotgun” Ogg, and Devyn “Truman” Thurman. As usual, even Janesville felt like Columbus with the number of alumni that showed up to support the team. A big thank you to Rob Numbers, Josh Fisher, Nick Mortensen, and Scott van Ooyen for helping coach the team while on the road. It was also great to see Jason Fischer, Sean Maxwell, Mike McConnell, Emily Coaker, David Maibaum, Adam Stiffler, and Glenn McConnell. We were even able to get three former and one current head coach in the same spot for a picture; a pretty cool legacy.
Top Finishes include:
- 7th – Matthew Chien / Bryon Lord
- 11th – Jonah Desrochers / Jack Lawrie
- 14th – Aly Bond / Lauren Tamilia
- 2nd – Jonah Desrochers
- 3rd – Nolan Hart
Computer Accuracy (E6B)
- 8th – Jack Lawrie
- 13th – Kyle Wang
Short Field Landings
- 8th – Jonah Desrochers / Aly Bond
National Top Pilot
Full results can be found at NIFA’s Website.
This coming summer, we will be looking at our operation as a whole to develop a revised strategic plan. This all-inclusive plan will continue to expand our team and elevate it the top tiers of collegiate aviation competition. That National Championship is always the goal.
I’d personally like to thank the College of Engineering, the Center for Aviation Studies, OSU Airport, our tremendous industry sponsors, alumni, parents, and students who make this all happen. A special thank-you to the OSU Aircraft Maintenance Shop for getting us a radio to Janesville overnight after N500SU’s had a mid-flight failure.
Please join us in congratulating the OSU Flight Team for their continued success at NIFA SAFECON. Regionals 2019 will be hosted here at Ohio State in October. Oshkosh, Wisconsin has been selected for Nationals 2020, to be hosted by EAA. We would love for you to join us at either competition. I've attached a few pictures in better quality; please feel free to share these if you'd like!
-Coach John Ginley