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LETU Flight Team Takes First Place at Regional NIFA Competition

Fri, Oct 31 2014

LeTourneau University’s “Sting” Precision Flight Team took top honors at first place overall at the recent  Region IV NIFA SAFECON flight competition at the Abbott Aviation Center in Longview.  


The six teams competing included Central Texas College, Delta State University, Hinds Community College, Texas State Technical College, Louisiana Tech University and LETU.


LETU placed first in ground events and third in flight events. CTC placed first in flight events and second in ground events, but LETU got more overall points to win, based on domination in the ground events and the really close point spread in the flight events ranking scores for the top three teams.


“We are very excited about finishing first again, and qualifying to compete at nationals in May,” said Brad Wooden, NIFA faculty advisor and team coach.


LETU students who placed in the top 10 in the following events are as follows:


Navigation:
3rd Place - Cameron Laramee / Jacob Weeks
5th Place- Gregg Williams / Jonathan Reigle

Power Off Landings:
2nd Place - Ward Hurlburt V
7th Place - Gregg Williams

Short Field (Power On) Landings:
5th Place - Gregg Williams
8th Place - Cameron Laramee

Message Drop:
1st Place - Kyle Gould/Jonathan Reigle
5th Place - Gregg Williams/Jacob Weeks
6th Place - Ward Hurlburt/Jesse Tart
7th Place - Trenton Troxel/Matthew Araujo
8th Place - Cameron Laramee/ Er-Jin Jang

Computer Accuracy:
1st Place - Cameron Laramee
2nd Place - Jacob Weeks
3rd Place - Kyle Gould
7th Place - Trenton Troxel

Aircraft Recognition:
1st Place - Jacob Weeks
2nd Place - Er-Jin Jang
5th Place - Ward Hurlburt
10th Place - Matthew Araujo

Ground Trainer:
1st Place - Trenton Troxel
2nd Place - Cameron Laramee

SCAN (Simulated Comprehensive Aircraft Navigation):
1st Place - Cameron Laramee
4th Place - Kyle Gould
5th Place - Trenton Troxel
10th Place - Gregg Williams

Preflight:
1st Place - Cameron Laramee
4th Place - Gregg Williams

LETU pilots Cameron Laramee, Gregg Williams and Ward Hurlburt placed 3rd, 4th and 10th, respectively for Top Pilot.  Laramee and Williams placed 2nd and 3rd for Top  Scoring Contestants, with Trenton Troxel placing 8th.

LETU hosted the event for the first time in the Abbott Aviation Center.  Local sponsors of the competition included Raising Cane’s of Longview, Stebbins Aviation, Don Maxwell Mooney, Pizza King, Pegues-Hurst Ford, Martin Resource Management, Falcon Insurance Agency.

About LeTourneau University:
LeTourneau University is a comprehensive institution of Christ-centered higher education where educators engage students to nurture Christian virtue, develop competency and ingenuity in their professional fields, integrate faith and work, and serve the local and global community.  LETU offers a wide array of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in aviation, arts & sciences, business, education, engineering and nursing. Around 1,300 students study at LETU’s main campus in Longview, Texas, a progressive hub city nestled among beautiful pine-forested hills and lakes in East Texas, approximately 120 miles east of Dallas, Texas.  LETU also offers a robust suite of online programs, as well as hybrid programs in Dallas and Houston. 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. For additional information, visit www.letu.edu.  

 

 


 

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