NOVEMBER 18, 2015

2015 Flight Team

2015 GTCC Flight Team

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

GTCC student Ed Hubbart placed first in Aircraft Recognition, which entails identifying an aircraft’s manufacturer, model number and common name in 15 seconds.  And GTCC student Johnathan Melicia received second place as dropmaster in Message Drop, comprised of hitting a target on the ground with a message container dropped from an aircraft at 200 feet above the ground.

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 the United State Naval Academy, Liberty University and Elizabeth City State University. Each team competes in various categories.

“The team did a fantastic job,” said Audrey Floyd, department chair of GTCC’s Aviation Management and Career Pilot program and faculty advisor for the flight team. “With many never having competed before and only having eight weeks to prepare, the team members sacrificed a lot of time to prepare for multiple events. They worked very hard and learned a lot.”

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

  • Logan Wicks:
    • Fourth place, Preflight
    • Sixth place, Short Field Landings
    • Seventh place, Power-Off Landings
    • Ninth place, pilot in Air Navigation
    • Fifth place in overall points
    • Voted Outstanding Team Member
  • Zach Brendle:
    • Sixth place, Preflight
    • Seventh place, Short Field Landings
    • Eighth place, pilot in Air Navigation
    • Also served as the pilot for our dropmasters who placed second and sixth in the Message Drop
    • Eighth place in overall points
  • Abdullah Aslam:
    • Sixth place, dropmaster in Message Drop
    • Eighth place, observer in Air Navigation
  • Elvir Tiric: – Ninth place, observer in Air Navigation
  • Imani Nasir-Phillips, Austin Vaden and Mike Blanke were additional point scorers.

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— Carla Kucinski/GTCC