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LETU Takes First Place at Regional NIFA Competition

Tue, Oct 20 2015

LeTourneau University’s “Sting” Precision Flight Team took top honors placing in First Place by 117 points at the recent Region IV NIFA SAFECON flight competition in Mississippi. The team placed first by 139 points in ground events and placed second in flight events by 22 points.  LETU pilot Cameron Laramee of Belchertown, Mass., won Top Pilot and Top Scoring Contestant.


“I am extremely pleased with the team’s performance in all aspects of the competition,” said Jered Lease, assistant professor and assistant chief instructor who serves as the LETU Sting Flight Team faculty adviser.  “God blessed us with good weather and a well-run competition.  We took advantage of it.  We are looking forward to glorifying God through excellence in aviation at the national competition in Ohio in May.” 


The team is currently raising funds for the national competition by selling “Audience of One” wristbands.  The team’s focus is to compete with excellence for God, their “audience of one.”  Donations can be made online at http://ow.ly/VkvG3.


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


Cameron Laramee of Belchertown, Mass., is co-captain of the team, and won the following:
Top Pilot Award
Top Scoring Contestant Award
1st Place Ground Trainer
1st Place Simulated Comprehensive Aircraft Navigation (SCAN)
1st Place Aircraft Preflight Inspection
1st Place Message Drop as Drop master
1st Place Computer Accuracy
3rd Place Short Field Landings
5th Place Navigation as Pilot
9th Place Aircraft Recognition

Jacob Weeks of Mendota Ill. Is the other co-captain of the team and won the following: 
2nd Place Aircraft Recognition
2nd Place Computer Accuracy
3rd Place Power Off Landings
4th Place Navigation as Pilot
4th Place Simulated Comprehensive Aircraft Navigation (SCAN)
5th Place Top Scoring Contestant
7th Place Message Drop as Pilot


Jonathan Reigle of San Antonio, Texas, was safety observer on the team and won the following:
1st Place Navigation as Pilot
3rd Place Simulated Comprehensive Aircraft Navigation (SCAN)
6th Place Top Scoring Contestant
7th Place Aircraft Recognition

James Galan of Uvalde, Texas won the following:
2nd Place Aircraft Preflight Inspection
4th Place Navigation as Safety Observer
10th Place Simulated Comprehensive Aircraft Navigation (SCAN)

Erjin Jang of Daegu, South Korea won the following:
1st Place Aircraft Recognition
2nd Place Simulated Comprehensive Aircraft Navigation (SCAN)
3rd Place Message Drop as Pilot
4th Place Navigation as Safety Observer
6th Place Power Off Landing
8th Place Short Field Landing
9th Place Top Scoring Contestant

Jonathan Deak of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
2nd Place Message Drop as Pilot
3rd Place Message Drop as Drop Master
4th Place Ground Trainer
10th Place Short Field Landing

Cody Shamblin of Nolan, Texas
1st Place Navigation as Safety Observer
7th Place Message Drop as Drop Master
3rd Place Computer Accuracy

Trevor Taylor of Keller, Texas
2nd Place Message Drop as Drop Master
4th Place as Computer Accuracy
5th Place Aircraft Recognition

More details on the competition can be found at http://nifa.us/2015_REGION_4_RESULTS.htm

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, nursing and psychology. 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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