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2010.06.01 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

UNO Flight Team Wins at National Competition

Omaha - On May 23, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Flight Team returned from the National Intercollegiate Flying Association National Championship in Terre Haute, Ind. Fourteen UNO students participated in the week-long event that included aeronautical knowledge exams, precision landings, planning and navigation, aircraft recognition and simulation events.

This year 30 schools qualified for the competition, with approximately 350 students competing. UNO finished as follows:

National Championship Trophy - 18th place; Judges Trophy - 11th place; Ground Events - 16th place; Flight Events - 17th place

Men’s Achievement Award
1st Akin Yonamine

Top Scoring Male Contestant (Out of 300)
43rd Zach Ossino; 96th Justin Schultz; 102nd Sean Jensen; 117th Akin Yonamine

Navigation Rankings (Out of 80)
50th Mike Munch (Pilot); Colby Ranslem (Observer)
52nd Zach Ossino (Pilot); Justin Schultz (Observer)

Power Off Landings (Out of 138)
24th Justin Schultz; 35th Akin Yonamine; 36th James Slabaugh; 66th Zach Ossino; 82nd Mike Munch

Short Filed Landings / Power On (Out of 138)

31st Zach Ossino; 36th Tyler Wilmoth; 41st Mike Munch; 52nd Justin Schultz; 110th James Slabaugh

Message Drop (Out of 56)
9th Zach Ossino (Drop Master); Colby Ranslem (Pilot)
35th Chris Frost (Drop Master); Tyler Wilmoth (Pilot)

Computer Accuracy (Out of 139)
38th James Slabaugh; 51st Akin Yonamine; 60th Sean Jensen; 61st Mike Munch; 80th Justin Schultz

Aircraft Recognition (Out of 139)
15th Sean Jensen; 87th Austin Phillips; 98th Alex Boes; 114th Tyson Pierce; 132nd Taylor Smith

Ground Trainer (Out of 57)
26th James Slabaugh; 45th Mike Munch

Crew Resource Management (Out of 27)
7th Justin Schultz (Pilot); Zach Ossino (Co-Pilot)

IFR Simulated Flight (Out of 29)
18th Akin Yonamine

Simulated Comprehensive Aircraft Navigation (Out of 139)
70th Akin Yonamine; 72nd Adam Avery; 81st Justin Schultz; 110th Austin Phillips; 112th Zach Ossino

Aircraft Preflight (Out of 57)
40th Zach Ossino; 54th James Slabaugh

Sponsorship dollars raised this year totaled more than $23,000, which helped cover costs for registration, lodging, practice flight time, competition flight time, and food for the team's regional and national competitions.

The 2009-2010 sponsors are: Jet Linx Aviation (title sponsor); Nebraska Business Aviation Association; Mutual of Omaha; First National Bank of Omaha; ConAgra Foods; Peter Kiewit Sons, Inc.; Nebraska Aviation Council; Advanced Air; and Duncan Family Trust.

“The 2009-2010 year has been outstanding for the Flying Mavs. While we lose a few of our top competitors to graduation, we have a great group of students returning for the 2010-2011 year,” said Scott Vlasek of the UNO Aviation Institute.

For more information about the UNO Flight Team, visit http://flyingmavs.unomaha.edu Or contact Vlasek: svlasek@unomaha.edu or (402) 554-3785.

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UNO is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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