Elizabeth City State University's Aviation Science Program will host a regional
competition of the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) Oct. 10 through
13. Six ground event competitions will be held at ECSU and four flying events will
be held at Elizabeth City Regional Airport.
Teams from the U.S. Naval Academy and seven colleges and universities from Maryland,
Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and the District of Columbia are expected
to compete in the Region X Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON).
Each of the participating institutions is likely to bring two airplanes to Elizabeth
City for the 10 events. The aviators will use ECSU's flight simulator for several
components of the competition, including the tasks of flying at specified altitudes
and air speeds and in specified directions. The top three teams in the regional event
will be invited to the national competition scheduled for May 2013 at Ohio State University.
ECSU's aeronautics team will have nine students. Last year and in 2009, the team won
the NIFA SAFECON Red Baron Award, which recognizes team sportsmanship.
Dr. J Anthony Sharp, a professor and director of ECSU's Aviation Science Program,
said ECSU is pleased to host the event.
"We look forward to holding this event here, as well as the awards ceremony," he said.
"We are looking forward to our students meeting their peers from other NIFA universities."
In addition to ECSU and the U.S. Naval Academy, the region includes Averett University,
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, Guilford Technical Community College,
Hampton University, Liberty University and Lenoir Community College.
NIFA was established to develop and advance aviation education; to promote, encourage
and foster safety in aviation; to promote and foster communications and cooperation
between aviation students, educators, educational institutions and the aviation industry;
and to provide an arena for collegiate aviation competition.