(LONGVIEW, Texas)— LeTourneau University’s “Sting” Precision Flight Team placed 15th overall in the nation at the 2014 National Intercollegiate Flight Association SAFECON flight competition hosted by Ohio State, in Columbus, Ohio. Last year, the team placed 13th.
The competition attracted nearly 400 competitors on 30 teams from universities all over the country. LETU placed 13th in Flight Events and 12th in Ground Events.
Team captain Daniel Tou won first place in IFR Simulated Flight Ranking.
Flight students Gregg Williams (pilot) and Justin Sutton (co-pilot) placed 2nd in the Crew Resource Management /Line Oriented Flight Training Ranking competition. The team also placed 10th in message drop.
The award for Outstanding Team Member for LeTourneau University was given to Shelton Bacher.
“We had a lot of schools tied in the 10-17 range, and only a couple more points here or there would have made a big difference in our ranking,” said Brad Wooden, Assistant Chief Flight Instructor and the NIFA team sponsor. “This year is the first that one of our students has placed first in the Instrument Flight Rules event.”
Team members of the 2014 Sting Flight Team competing at nationals included captains Daniel Tou, Cameron Laramee, and Jacob Weeks and competitors Gregg Williams, Sheldon Bacher, Er-Jin Jang, Joshua-Luke O’Connor, Jonathan Reigle, Bryan Stankovich, and Caleb Voss. Coaches were Brad Wooden and Sam Myers.
LeTourneau University is an interdenominational Christ-centered university located in Longview, Texas, with undergraduate and graduate programs online and at education centers around the state. Academic majors include aviation, business, communication, computer science, criminal justice, education, engineering, health care administration, health science-nursing, human services, kinesiology, the liberal arts, the sciences and psychology.
Claiming every workplace in every nation as their mission field, LeTourneau University graduates are professionals of ingenuity and Christ-like character who see life’s work as a holy calling with eternal impact.