The Lewis University Flight Team club placed second in their region at SAFECON at Quincy Regional Airport, which took place from October 23-28. The victory marks the ninth consecutive time that the team will earn a spot in the national level competition, which consists of multiple air and ground events that test aeronautical skill and knowledge.
The Flight Team club meets as a whole every Tuesday, and consists of 15 members, including coaches Megan Zahos, Daniel Magner, George Chiampas, Leigh Agustin, Geoff Culloton and Kyle Meyer.
Freshman aviation major Ron Fishleigh is a competitor in aircraft recognition. “I’m just a freshman, but it feels really cool to know that what we’re doing at our program works, and we’re creating great pilots who know what they need to do,” said Fishleigh.
Flight Team is open to all aviation majors at Lewis, as long as they try out and make the cut. “I think it’s a great way to develop,” said Fishleigh. “I think it improves all your skills. I will be going into SCAN, which involves navigation and regulations, and that’s the kind of stuff that pilots really should know.”
Lewis University has the oldest aviation program in Illinois. The university is also the only aviation program in the state to have its own airport on campus.
The program was recently awarded the Loening Trophy as the outstanding all-around collegiate aviation program in the nation.
By finishing second overall in the flight and ground events this past month, the team will later compete in May at Indiana State University for the National SAFECON Competition.