Source: Tom Karcz, 785-826-2979, tkarcz@k-state.edu
Hometown connection: Eudora, Leawood, Montezuma, Mulvane, Syracuse and Wichita, Kan.; Highlands Ranch, Colo.; Dunlap and Warrenville, Ill.; Dix, Neb.; and Sanger, Texas.
News release prepared by: Natalie Blair, 785-826-2642, nblair@k-state.edu

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011

Flight team soars in regional, qualifies for national competition

SALINA -- Kansas State University Salina's Flight Team is headed to the national SAFECON competition in May 2012 after taking second at the Region VI competition, Oct. 17-21.

K-State Salina won several other awards, including the Safety Award, which is given to one team that demonstrates safety in all aspects of the competition. The Flight Team also placed first overall in flying events and third overall in ground events.

SAFECON competitions feature flight events and ground events that test the teams' abilities in all aspects of flight. Contestants placing in the top 20 in each event earn points for their team. The results of each event contribute to the teams' overall scores.

Region VI includes teams from Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.

K-State Salina will be host to the national SAFECON competition in May 2012.

Flight Team members earning individual awards include:

Theron "Craig" Harper, senior in professional pilot, Eudora, ninth in message drop and 15th in computer accuracy; Brad Jacobson, senior in professional pilot, Leawood, first in short-field landing, second in top pilot, third in power-off landing and ninth in simulated comprehensive aircraft navigation; Tanner Dirks, freshman in professional pilot, Montezuma, fourth in preflight, eighth in navigation, 15th in message drop and 17th in short-field landing; Kyle Simpson, senior in professional pilot, Mulvane, 14th in message drop; Joe Englert, junior in professional pilot, Syracuse, fourth in power-off landing, ninth in message drop and ninth in short-field landing; and Dash Tsao, senior in professional pilot, Wichita, third in computer accuracy, fifth in aircraft recognition, 15th in navigation and 18th in message drop.

From out of state:

Michael Potts, junior in professional pilot, Highlands Ranch, Colo., fifth in preflight, fifth in navigation, eighth in power-off landing, 14th in message drop, 16th in aircraft recognition and 17th in computer accuracy; Trevor Henson, freshman in professional pilot from Dunlap, Ill., first in aircraft recognition, ninth in preflight, 15th in navigation and 18th in message drop; Jim Hoffman, freshman in professional pilot, Warrenville, Ill., fourth in message drop and fifth in navigation; Colton Daum, junior in professional pilot, Dix, Neb., second in ground trainer, third in simulated comprehensive aircraft navigation, eighth in navigation, 15th in message drop and 17th in aircraft recognition; and Ryan Enebo, junior in professional pilot, Sanger, Texas, placed fourth in message drop, seventh in ground trainer, seventh in short-field landing and 16th in power-off landing.