NOVEMBER 17, 2016


JAMESTOWN, N.C. — The G-Tech Flyers, Guilford Technical Community College’s Flight Team, recently took home several awards from Region X SAFECON.

GTCC received first place in two categories. GTCC students Zachary Brendle placed first in Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Recognition, and Logan Wicks placed first in Preflight Inspection and was also named Region X Top Pilot.

In addition, Audrey Floyd, department chair of GTCC’s Aviation Management and Career Pilot program and faculty advisor for the flight team, was recognized as the Region X Coach of the Year. This award is presented to the coach that has demonstrated the best qualities in coaching, support and leadership. Team members nominate the coach they feel best meets these criteria.

“Our students do well at the SAFECON because they are very committed,” Floyd said.  “They practice for many hours in the various events and the pilots spend hundreds of their own dollars each year in preparation for this SAFECON. We also had strong leadership on the team with the senior members passing on their knowledge to junior members.”

Hosted by the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA), Region X SAFECON is a regional competition, consisting of collegiate flight teams from Washington, D.C., Md., N.C., S.C. and Va. including Averett University, Liberty University and Elizabeth City State University. Each team competes in various categories. This year’s competition was held Nov. 2-5 in Franklin, Va.

GTCC received the following accolades at the competition. (A description of each category can be found here.)

2016 Region X SAFECON Competition Results

GTCC Flight Team captains (from left to right) Elvir Tiric, Zachary Brendle, and Logan Wicks.

GTCC Flight Team captains (from left to right) Elvir Tiric, Zachary Brendle, and Logan Wicks.

Aircraft Recognition

Trevor Nabors – 5th Place

Logan Wicks – 2nd Place

UAS Recognition

Zachary Brendle – 1st Place

Simulated Comprehensive Aircraft Navigation (SCAN)

Zachary Brendle – 7th Place

Logan Wicks – 5th Place

Computer Accuracy

Elvir Tiric – 10th Place

Joe Castle – 4th Place

Ground Trainer

Austin Vaden – 9th Place

Zachary Brendle – 8th Place

Logan Wicks – 6th Place

Preflight Inspection

Austin Vaden – 8th Place

Trevor Nabors – 3rd Place

Logan Wicks – 1st Place

flightteam2016_safeconPower-off Landing

Zachary Brendle – 5th Place

Short-field Landing

Logan Wicks – 2nd Place

Message Drop

Dropmaster – Patrick Levingston/Pilot Elvir Tiric – 10th Place

Dropmaster – Jeremy Tucker/Pilot – Zachary Brendle – 9th Place

Dropmaster – Logan Ptak/Pilot – Zachary Brendle – 3rd Place

Dropmaster – Jay Davis/Pilot – Elvir Tiric – 2nd Place


Pilot – Logan Wicks/ Observer Jake Leatherman – 7th Place

Pilot – Austin Vaden/ Observer – Jonathan Melicia – 6th Place

Region X Top Pilot

Logan Wicks

Region X Coach of the Year

Audrey Floyd

Other Point Winners

Tyler Gura

Michael Schmidt

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— Carla Kucinski