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OSU AIrport hosts national intercollegiate flight competition
Posted Wed May 3, 2006 11:58 pm UTC

News Advisory For immediate release: May 3, 2006
Contact: Cathy Ferrari (614) 292-5823

OSU Airport Hosts Flight Competition

The Ohio State University Airport is buzzing with the country¯s best student pilots as it hosts the
national intercollegiate flight competition, from May 8 -14, 2006.

The Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON) is the national championship for collegiate
flight teams. Thirty teams will be competing in several events throughout the week. They were
selected from a competition last fall that began with 75 flight teams in 11 regions throughout the
country.

¯The OSU Airport is proud to host the nation¯s top college students in aviation. SAFECON gives these
students a chance to showcase their knowledge and skill in aviation. It also is a great way for
these students to network with aviation professionals,¯ said Douglas Hammon, airport director.

Events of interest include the ¯power off¯ landing on Wednesday (5/10), where students land their
planes without power; and the message drop on Friday (5/12), where students attempt to drop a small
box onto a specified target on the field.

¯We hosted SAFECON in 2002, it was very rewarding experience,¯ said Scott Van Ooyen, OSU flight team
coach. ¯The students have a great time. The whole event really benefits aviation education. I¯m
looking forward to this years competition¯, Van Ooyen, added.

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

The OSU airport recognizes that there will be increased air traffic the week before and the week of
SAFECON. Flight teams from around the country are arriving daily. They will be practicing from 8
a.m. to 7 p.m. throughout the week.

For more information about SAFECON, go to www.safecon2006.org

A list of The Ohio State University Flight Team members is attached.

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Contact: Cathy Ferrari, External Relations Manager, (614) 292-5823, cferrari@osuairport.org



OSU Flight Team Members Participating in 2006 SAFECON at OSU airport
Name Major Year Hometown
JT Hearn Aviation -system senior Austin TX
Ben Toennes Aviation -system senior Shaker Heights, Ohio
Jim Gursky Aviation -system junior Canton, Ohio
Avin Chakavarti Aviation -system senior Princeton Junction, NJ
Kelly Hoffman Aviation - management junior Milwaukee, WI
Kyle Sleeper Aviation - management junior Columbus, Ohio
Joshua Yurman Aviation -system senior Idaho Falls, ID
Derek Rust Aviation -system freshmen Centerville, Ohio
Michael McConnell Aviation - management freshmen Columbus, Ohio
Bryan Miller Aviation -system junior Marietta, Ohio
Richard Ward* Aviation -system senior Pickerington, Ohio
Luke Stouffer* Aviation -system senior Leetonia, Ohio

* - team captain



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