WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2014
Mt. SAC Flying Team Advances to Nationals
WALNUT, Calif.––– With a third-place finish at the recent regional airmeet, the Mt. San Antonio College Flying Team advances to the National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s national competition and claimed its 23rd consecutive regional community college award.
“This year marks the 23rd consecutive year our team has won the top community college trophy—a truly remarkable run,” said Mt. SAC Flying Team Advisor and Aeronautics Professor Robert Rogus.
With 112 points, Mt. SAC placed third behind first-place Embry-Riddle Aeronautic University from Arizona with 333 points and second-place San Jose State University with 114 points. The 2014 Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON), a competition for university and community college flying teams, was hosted this year by Embry-Riddle on Feb. 4-8.
In addition to the Top Two-Year School Award, the Mt. SAC team took second in the flight event rankings. Manutea Maurin (Diamond Bar) placed second overall in the short-field landings event, and Josh Spolar (West Covina) took second in the instrument flight event.
The top three regional teams receive invitations to the national competition. The national SAFECON airmeet will be hosted by Ohio State University on May 12-17.
Over the years, the Mt. SAC Flying Team has consistently earned top honors as one of the best collegiate flying teams in the country. The team has won the Top Community College trophy at the regional competition every year since 1991. Mt. SAC has won the Top U. S. Community College award at the national airmeet in 1984, 1985, 1995, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, and 2007.
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