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2011.10.24 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

UNO Wins Third-Straight NIFA Region VI Competition

Omaha - Make it three-in-a-row for UNO.

The University of Nebraska Omaha Flying Mavericks, a competitive aviation team housed in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service’s (CPACS) Aviation Institute, secured a third-straight regional championship by the slimmest of margins – one point.

The victory was even more special because UNO played host to the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) Region VI for the first time. NIFA’s Region VI consists of schools from Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

The chance to host the competition was an opportunity that Aviation Institute Interim Director Scott Vlasek said he was “very proud” to have.

The weeklong competition, which ran from Oct. 17 – Oct. 21, included events like the "Message Drop," "Power Off Landings," "Aircraft Recognition" and others. UNO placed second in Overall Flight Events and first in Overall Ground Events.

UNO’s one-point victory came over Kansas State, which finished second with 501 points to UNO’s 502, followed by Southeastern Oklahoma State (413), Oklahoma State University (387), Parks College of St. Louis (210), University of Central Missouri (206), Spartan College of Aeronautics (177) and the University of Oklahoma (104).

Awards were also given to the best individual students and UNO was able to place in all three major categories. This included third and fifth place for Michelle Mathine and Deanna Stoddard respectively in the Top Scoring Female Contestant category as well as first and second place for Tyler Klingemann and Colby Ranslem respectively in the Top Scoring Male Contestant category, which also gave them first and second place as the top-scoring contestants overall. "It has been an outstanding week," Vlasek said.

UNO will now have a chance to compete at SAFECON, NIFA’s national competition, hosted by Kansas State University in Salina, Kan. May 14 – 19, 2012.

For more information on the regional competition or the upcoming SAFECON competition, please contact Scott Vlasek at (402) 203.9602 or svlasek@unomaha.edu.

Top-Three Finishes for UNO

Navigation
First – Colby Ranslem (Pilot) / Jeremy Martin (Observer)

Power Off Landing
Second – Tyler Klingemann

Short Field Approach and Landing
Third – Tyler Klingemann

Message Drop
First - Tyler Klingemann (Drop Master) / Jeremy Martin (Pilot)
Third – Tyler Wilmouth (Drop Master) / Taylor Smith (Pilot)

Computer Accuracy
First – Colby Ranslem

Ground Trainer
Third – Colby Ranslem

Top Pilot
First – Tyler Klingemann

Top Scoring Male
First – Tyler Klingemann
Second – Colby Ranslem

Top Scoring Female
Third – Michelle Mathine

Top Scoring Contestant
First – Tyler Klingemann
Second – Colby Ranslem

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