Regional Flight Team Competition Wrap Up
BILLINGS, October 18, 2018 – The Rocky Mountain College National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) Flight Team hosted five flight teams in a five-day regional flying skills and ground knowledge competition last week.
Approximately 100 students from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Utah State University, Metro State in Denver, Colorado Northern Community College, and Rocky Mountain College competed in nine events on Oct. 7-11, which tested their flying skills and ground knowledge competency. Flight events scheduled included navigation, precision landings, and message drop, but due to inclement weather, only the message drop flying event was completed. Ground events completed included simulator precision flight, flight planning, aircraft preflight, and aircraft recognition. A new category, unmanned aerial system flights using drones, was also added to this year’s competition.
The regional competition is hosted by a different collegiate group each fall and there is one level of flight team competition regardless of college size. This year marked the first time Rocky Mountain College has hosted the annual competition since 2006. The top two ranking teams from this year’s regionals, U.S. Air Force Academy and Colorado Northwestern Community College, will advance to the national competition in the spring.
RMC’s flight team placed fourth overall. Seth Mulhausen notched fourth place in pre-flight inspection and sixth place in simulated comprehensive aircraft navigation, while Kegan Diver placed fifth in the simulated ground trainer event.
An awards ceremony and dinner was held in the Great Room of RMC’s Prescott Hall on October 11 to wrap up the week’s events for the competitors and their coaches.