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UND Flying Team wins top honors

Chris Mohan of West Fargo was among members of the University of North Dakota Flying Team winning top honors in the Region V National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON) held recently. This is UND’s third victory in a row in Region V competitions.

A winning score of 758 points gave the team first place in flight events and first in ground events. The Flying Team is part of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.

The team did what they needed to do and was ready for this air meet,” said Lewis Liang, assistant professor of aviation and the team’s faculty advisor. “Taking first place in eight of the nine events gives the team a great base to build upon and also shows their potential as a young team.”

Other UND Flying Team members competing in the event included: Jacob Alvey, Louisville, Ky.; Alex Browne, Nazareth, Pa.; Glenn Dodd, Eden Prairie, Minn.; Jack Foley, captain, Libertyville, Ill.; Josh Garner-Aubum, Calif.; Brian Lee-Bronx, N.Y.; Jamie Marshall, coach, Huron, S.D.; Ross Oleck, Palmer, Alaska; Joe Peterson, Grant, Minn.; Jacob Smith, captain, Henning, Minn.; Justin Therriault, North Pole, Alaska; Tyler VanHeel, coach, Elk River, Minn.; and Travis Wellik, Newton, Iowa.

The SAFECON was hosted by the University of Dubuque. Teams from Minnesota State University in Mankato, St. Cloud State University and the University of Wisconsin in Madison rounded out the regional field.

The UND Flying Team is a member of the National Intercollegiate Flying Association, the sanctioning body for the regional and national SAFECON competitions. SAFECON places a special emphasis on safety of flight operations. The team consists of volunteering aviation student body members who have made a commitment of time and effort to be a part of the team. The team participates in two competitions annually: a regional qualifying competition and the national competition to determine the national championship.

UND Aerospace, which includes the Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at the University of North Dakota and the UND Aerospace Foundation (UNDAF), is an international leader in collegiate and contract aviation education and training services flying over 115,000 hours per year in over 120 aircraft. UNDAF also has facilities in Phoenix, Arizona, in conjunction with Chandler-Gilbert Community College; and Crookston, Minnesota, with the University of Minnesota in addition to its home-base in Grand Forks, North Dakota.