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 The Embry-Riddle Eagles Flight Team competed in the NIFA SAFECON Region IX competition in November 2018. The team placed first in ground events, flight events and overall. (11/9/2018)

The Embry-Riddle Eagles Flight Team competed in the NIFA SAFECON Region IX competition in November 2018. The team placed first in ground events, flight events and overall. (11/9/2018)

11/9/2018

Region IX Champions!

The Eagles are at it again. The Eagles Flight Team have taken home their 36th Regional Championship. The competition was held in Herlong Recreational Airport (KHEG) in Jacksonville, and the event was hosted by Jacksonville University. The team have come up with great results to their hard work and dedication since our 4th place finish in the 2018 SAFECON National Competition. We brought a total of 19, 6 of which have never competed before and 4 ground crews that consisted of new tryouts of the Fall 2018 intake. Special Congratulations to the ground event coaches who placed first in their respective events, and Dakota Buderus, who came up with the team as a ground and had to fill in for the COMPACC event last minute and still placed top 10 in the event.

Our hard work does not stop, as the 2019 SAFECON National Competition is just around the corner.

The full list of our Event competitors and their positions are below:

Navigation Event

  • Aditya Mody/Jason Vo (3rd Place)

  • Steven Remingten Ten/Michal Macutkiewicz (4th Place)

  • Tyler Rispoli/Nicholas Carbone (5th Place)

Power-Off Landing

  • Christopher Krempa (1st Place)

  • Jason Vo (2nd Place)

  • Nicholas Carbone (3rd Place)

  • Saumya Thakrar (8th Place)

Short Field Landing

  • Aditya Mody (2nd Place)

  • Christopher Krempa (4th Place)

  • Tyler Rispoli (5th Place)

  • Daniel Byrnes (9th Place)

  • Nicholas Carbone (10th Place)

Message Drop

  • Saiful Jihad/Christopher Krempa (3rd Place)

  • Nicholas Carbone/ Daniel Byrnes (5th Place)

  • Daniel Byrnes/Nicholas Carbone (7th Place)

  • Tyler Rispoli/Saumya Thakrar (10th Place)

Competition Safety Award

  • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

Ground Events

Aircraft Recognition

  • Patrick Mackinlay (1st Place)

  • Daniel Byrnes (2nd Place)

  • Manuel Escobar (3rd Place)

  • Tyler Rispoli (5th Place)

  • Saiful Jihad (6th Place)

COMPACC

  • Steven Remingten Ten (1st Place)

  • Tyler Rispoli (3rd Place)

  • Michal Macutkiewicz (4th Place)

  • Dakota Buderus (7th Place)

  • Hirotsugu Fanatsu (9th Place)

SCAN

  • Nicholas Carbone (1st Place)

  • Michal Macutkiewicz (7th Place)

  • Christopher Krempa (10th Place)

  • Aditya Mody (13th Place)

  • Jason Vo (17th Place)

Pre-Flight Inspection

  • Daniel Byrnes (1st Place)

  • Aditya Mody (2nd Place)

Ground Trainer

  • Tyler Rispoli (2nd Place)

  • Steven Remingten Ten (7th Place)

  • Saiful Jihad (8th Place)

Flight Team Tryouts begin soon!

Are you interested in becoming a member of the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach Eagles Flight Team? Come to our mass briefings, the first being on September 5th at 7PM in the IC Miller Auditorium and the second being on September 13th, the day of the activities fair in the same location. Learn about the team, the tryout process and how to become an Eagle!

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Historic Performace at NIFA Nationals 2018 Safecon competition

A year of working hard at our goals has paid off! The Eagles Flight Team earned 4th place overall this year, an achievement we have not attained since 2013 at a national competition. We earned 6th place in the ground events, and 5th in flight events, with several members took home first or second place in their respective events. 

 

NIFA Nationals 2018 Safecon competition begins!

Nationals is off to a great start! Your Eagles Flight Team has been hard at work studying, flying and pushing to win this year's national safecon competition! This year the competition is being hosted by Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana and the weather up here is a lot colder than most of the team is used to, but we won't let that stop us! The first day of competition has begun with Compacc, SCAN and Rec all happening today. The Compacc and Scan squads are composed of the same five incredible individuals, Michael Benson, Winsun Lu, Josh Suarez, Issac Yeung, and Steven Remingten. Rec squad is made of Patrick MacKinlay, Danny Byrnes, Jihad Nugroho, Tyler Rispoli, and Manny Escobar. Good luck and GO EAGLES!

 

Big victory at the Region IX Safecon competition!

The Eagles Flight Team has won the Region IX Safecon competition! We are the Region IX Safecon Champions, ground event champions, and the flight event champions too. The top scoring contestant is Michael Benson, Captain of the EFT, who is also the top pilot. Aircraft preflight was dominated by Eagles Tyler Rafferty and Daniel Byrnes who came in first and second respectively. Aircraft Recognition was won by Tyler Rafferty with Patrick MacKinlay, Manuel Escobar, Tyler Rispoli and Daniel Byrnes in 2nd, 4th 5th and 6th. Computer Accuracy was swept by Winsun Lu, Michael Benson, Joshua Suarez, Issac Yeung, and Steven Remingten Ten taking the top five places! Joshua Suarez, Michael Benson, and Steven Remingten Ten proved their mettle in Ground Trainer by taking the top three spots in the event. Three of our message drop teams made the top ten in message drop, making good use of our specially engineered message drop containers. Using some of the newest Cessna 172 aircraft at ERAU, Issac Yeung and Winsun Lu won the navigation event with Steven Remingten Ten, Kam Leung, Michael Benson and Joshua Suarez's teams earning second and fourth place respectively. The Power Off and Power On landing event first place winner is Christopher Krempa. The Simulated Comprehensive Aircraft Navigation event had five Eagles in the top ten with Joshua Suarez, Winsun Lu and Steven Remingten Ten taking 2nd, 3rd and 4th places. Great job and Go Eagles!

 

New members have joined the team!

On October 10th the Eagles Flight Team held a banquet to welcome the new members and establish the spirit of the team for the year. With regionals quickly approaching, it is a pleasure to introduce new faces and talent to the team that works so hard to achieve its goals.

Banquet
 

The Eagles Flight Team is pleased to welcome a new aircraft to our fleet!

The Cessna 150 with the tail number N189ER is now ready to help our Eagles soar! N189ER has new paint and a newly overhauled engine. All three Cessna 150s are set to get new radios in August, a welcome upgrade to the aircraft. One Cessna 150 will be used to try out an Ipad panel mount to see if it can be a useful information system addition. 

 Photo credit: Michael Benson

Photo credit: Michael Benson

 
 Your Eagles are NIFA Region IX champions for 34 years running! More information can be found  here  and on our Facebook page. Full competition results can be found  here .

Your Eagles are NIFA Region IX champions for 34 years running! More information can be found here and on our Facebook page. Full competition results can be found here.

 The Eagles Flight Team kicked off the 2016-2017 season in early September - we are proud to call X50 home, and proud to fly with Bose!

The Eagles Flight Team kicked off the 2016-2017 season in early September - we are proud to call X50 home, and proud to fly with Bose!

 

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