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National SAFECON 2017: May 5-13

Top collegiate pilots from around the country to compete at The Ohio State Airport
Friday, May 5, 2017, 8:00 am

The Ohio State University Center for Aviation Studies hosts NIFA SAFECON 2017, a flight competition that brings the nation’s top collegiate pilots to The Ohio State University’s Don Scott Field to participate in flight and ground events that encourage aviation safety, as well as superior knowledge, skill, and professionalism. This year marks the 11th time Ohio State has hosted the competition. Practice starts on May 5, and the competition begins on May 9.

"Each time SAFECON is held at The Ohio State University Airport, the event generates upwards of $2 million of revenue to the local economy,” said Airport Director Doug Hammon.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 9 through Sunday, May 14, throughout the day

WHERE: The Ohio State University Airport, Don Scott Field, 2160 West Case Rd.

Event Schedule (tentative based on weather. 8:00 a.m.– 6:00 p.m. each day)

Friday, 5/5              Teams arriving, practices begin

Tuesday, 5/9           Aircraft Recognition

Wednesday, 5/10    Navigation Event

Thursday, 5/11        Power-off  Landing Event*

Friday, 5/12             Short-field Precision Landing Event*

Saturday, 5/13         Message Drop Event* and Republic Airline ERJ-175 landing*

*Opportunity for media presence next to the runway only feet from the touchdown zone

NIFA stands for National Intercollegiate Flying Association. SAFECON stands for Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference. NIFA formed for the purposes of developing and advancing 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 aviation competition. NIFA exists as a forum for collegiate aviators to expand their studies and further their careers by participating in competitive and non-competitive events, networking with industry and contemporaries, and applying themselves to go above-and-beyond their ordinary curriculum.