The Mt. San Antonio College Flying Team brought home the "Top Two-Year School Trophy" from the National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s national competition held May 12-16, 2014 at Ohio State University.
Manutea Maurin, team captain, said "this is one of the most important awards we could bring home for our school. We worked really hard this year and bringing home the Top Two-Year Trophy was one of our main goals. I'm so proud of what we've done as a team."
Congratulations to the Mt. SAC Flying Team which will advance to the National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s nation competition after recently qualifying with a third-place finish at the regional airmeet hosted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautic University in Arizona. At the 2014 Safety (more...)
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"The Mt. San Antonio College Flying Team won its first ever American Airlines Safety Award at the National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s national competition held May 6-11 at Ohio State University.
The prestigious safety award recognizes the college or university that maintains an outstanding safety record and provides the most innovative approach to further aviation safety."
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January 20, 2013
The Mt. SAC Flying Team kept their tradition of excellence alive at this year's Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference, more commonly known as SAFECON. The Flying Team captured two team trophies (Top Safety, Top Two-year School), one individual trophy (Instrument Flight), and earned twenty-two individual awards.
Pacific Coast Intercollegiate Flying Association (PCIFA) sponsors the Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON), an intercollegiate aviation safety conference and airmeet for colleges and universities in the Western United States. Teams from this region of the US compete in five flight events and five academic events. The top teams receive an invitation to the national SAFECON held each Spring.
This year's regional SAFECON was hosted by San Jose State University at Salinas Airport. Over seventy competitors from six colleges and universities competed over four days of flying.
Capturing the Top Safety Award at this year's competition held a lot of meaning to the team. Team Captain and Safety Officer Taylor Ewing said going in to the competition "we are the safest team because we practice what we preach even when the judges aren't looking". SAFECON Judges interview team members about their preparation for competition, review their safety procedures, observe their activities at competition, and then award the trophy to the safest team. This was the second year in a row the Flying Team brought home the Top Safety trophy.
Josh Spolar, from West Covina, won the Instrument Flight Event. This event is recognized as the most advanced flight event at competition. Pilots are tested on their precision flying by reference to flight instruments, navigation in the air traffic control system, and emergency procedures.
Taylor Ewing, from West Covina, ranked second in the Top Pilot rankings. Taylor said "last year I didn't even get my name called at the award ceremony and that put a fire in my belly to work hard this year. I'd say it really consumed me actually and I've been working hard and practicing all my events. I'm really proud of what we've done overall."
The Mt. SAC Flying Team has a reputation for excellence and a testament to their hard work is the award of Top-Two Year College Trophy. The Team has won this trophy for twenty-two consecutive years.
Students brought home twenty-two individual awards earning "top tens" in every event at competition.
Click on the image below below to view the competition results