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2009.10.27 > For Immediate Release
contact: Beverly Newsam - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - e-mail: bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO Aviation Institute Flight Team Wins Region 6 SAFECON Competition

(Note to reporters: Photos of the team are available upon request. Also, a press conference will take place Friday, Oct. 30, at 10 a.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building Collaborating Commons, Room 132.)

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Aviation Institute Flight Team, The Flying Mavs, sponsored by Jet Linx Aviation, won first place in the 2009 National Intercollegiate Flying Association Region 6 SAFECON competition Oct. 23 in Norman, Okla. The UNO team scored 365 points to earn the top honor and a spot in the national competition. This is the first time UNO has captured the regional competition.

Eight schools participated in the contest, including UNO, the Spartan College of Aeronautics, Kansas State University - Salina, Oklahoma State University, University of Oklahoma, University of Central Missouri, Parks College of St. Louis University and Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The top four schools in the competition, including UNO, will advance to the national competition May 17-22, 2010, hosted at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Ind.

Under the direction of Faculty Adviser Scott Vlasek, the Flying Mavs consist of UNO students Alex Boes, Cory Donohue, Chris Frost, Sean Jensen, Michael Munch, Zach Ossino (co-captain), Austin Phillips, Tyson Pierce, Justin Schultz, James Slabaugh (co-captain), Taylor Smith, Tyler Wilmoth and Akin Yonamine.

"This was truly a team victory," Vlasek said.  "Last year, when we lost out on going to nationals by five points, the team set a goal to make it to nationals in 2009-2010.  The hard work, dedication and countless hours of practice paid off with not only a trip to nationals but a regional championship, the first ever for UNO."

In addition, the following UNO students received individual top-20 honors:

Navigation
- Second place: Yonamine, pilot, and Munch, observer.
- Sixth place: Slabaugh, pilot, and Phillips, observer.
- 10th place: Ossino, pilot, and Schultz, observer.

Power Off Landing
- Seventh place: Slabaugh.
- Eighth place: Munch.
- 11th place: Ossino.

Short Field Landing
- Third place: Schultz.
- 14th place: Ossino

Message Drop
- First place: Smith, drop master, and Schultz, pilot.

Computer Accuracy
- First place: Slabaugh.
- Sixth place: Munch.
- Eighth place: Yonamine.
- 11th place: Jensen.

Aircraft Recognition
- Third place: Jensen.
- 17th place: Frost.

Ground Trainer
- 11th place: Yonamine.
- 12th place: Slabaugh.

SCAN
- 17th place: Phillips.
- 20th place: Munch.

Aircraft Preflight
- Eighth place: Schultz.
- Ninth place: Slabaugh.
- 18th place: Ossino.

Top Pilot
- 12th place: Schultz.
- 13th place: Yonamine

For more information, contact Vlasek at (402) 554-3424 or (402) 203-9602.

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