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2010.10.27> For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

UNO Flight Team Defends Regional Title

Omaha - Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Aviation Institute Flight Team, The Flying Mavs, sponsored by Jet Linx Aviation, again won first place in the National Intercollegiate Flying Association Region 6 SAFECON competition Oct. 22 in Salina, Kan. The UNO team scored 432 points to earn the top honor and a spot in the national competition. UNO first captured the regional competition last year.

Eight schools participated in the contest, including UNO, Oklahoma State University, University of Oklahoma, University of Central Missouri, Kansas State University - Salina, Parks College of St. Louis University, the Spartan College of Aeronautics and Southeastern Oklahoma State University. The top three schools in the competition, including UNO, will advance to the national competition May 16-21, hosted at Ohio State University.

Under the direction of Faculty Adviser Scott Vlasek, the Flying Mavs consist of UNO students Alex Boes, Chris Frost, Tyler Klingermann, Zach Ossino (co-captain), Austin Phillips, Colby Ranslem, Justin Schultz, James Slabaugh (co-captain), Taylor Smith and Tyler Wilmoth.

“Repeating as regional champions in this competition is not easy,” Vlasek said. “This has been a very focused and determined team, and we look forward to great things at nationals this year. The hard work, dedication and countless hours of practice truly paid off. This was very much a team effort.”

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

Computer Accuracy Ranking

- First place: James Slabaugh

- Sixth place: Colby Ranslem

- Seventh place: Justin Schultz

- Twelfth place: Zach Ossino

- Fifteenth place: Tyler Klingemann

Aircraft Recognition

- Third place: Chris Frost

- Tenth place: Austin Phillips

- Eighteenth place: Tyler Klingemann

- Nineteenth place: Tyler Wilmoth

Ground Trainer

- Seventh place: Colby Ranslem

- Eighteenth place: Chris Frost

Simulated Comprehensive Aircraft Navigation (SCAN)

- Seventh place: James Slabaugh

- Thirteeth place: Colby Ranslem

- Sixteenth place: Zach Ossino

Aircraft Preflight - Fifth: Zach Ossino

- Sixth place: James Slabaugh

- Sixteenth place: Tyler Klingemann

Navigation

- Tenth place Zach: Ossino (Pilot) and Tyler Klingemann (Observer)

- Fourteenth place: Justin Schultz (Pilot) and Tyler Wilmoth (Observer)

- Fifteenth place: James Slabaugh (Pilot) and Austin Phillips (Observer)

Power Off Landing

- Third place: Tyler Klingemann

- Seventh place: Austin Phillips

- Eleveth place: Justin Schultz

Short Field Landings

- Third place: Justin Schultz

- Tenth place: James Slabaugh

- Ninetheenth place: Austin Phillips

Message Drop

- Second place: Zach Ossino (Drop Master) and Tyler Klingemann (Pilot)

- Fourth place: Justin Schultz (Drop Master) and Chris Frost (Pilot)

- Sixth place: Taylor Smith (Drop Master) and Tyler Wilmoth (Pilot)

- Ninth place:Austin Phillips (Drop Master) and Alex Boes (Pilot)

Top Pilot Award

- Eighth place: Justin Schultz

- Twefth place: Tyler Klingemann

UNO will host the Region 6 SAFECOM competition next year. For more information, contact Vlasek at (402) 554-3424 or (402) 203-9602.

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