The STING Precision Flight Team is a group of highly skilled aviation students led by faculty advisor Brad Wooden for the purpose of representing the Christian faith and LeTourneau University to aviation professionals across the nation through competition with other aeronautical science schools annually in SAFECON (Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference). STING is a member of The National Intercollegiate Flying Association ( NIFA ).
We also help represent LeTourneau to the local aviation community. One of our most recent events was a pilot/controller forum where the local controllers gave a presentation and answered questions from pilots in attendance. In addition, the flight team has been called on by the administration to help with preview weekends, giving tours and hosting different events in the Abbott Aviation Center.
LETU’s flight team won the coveted Loening Trophy at the 2009 SAFECON competition hosted by Park College in St. Louis, Mo. Considered the most prestigious award at the annual SAFECON competition, the Loening Trophy is awarded to the outstanding all-around collegiate aviation program in the nation. The award represents superb achievement in aeronautical skills and represents the current benchmark for an overall outstanding collegiate aviation program. Keys to selection for the award include emphasis on academics, community involvement, aviation skills and their advancement, a comprehensive safety program and professionalism combined with a proactive enhancement of the future of aviation.