University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Flying Team takes second at national Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference

The UND Flying Team took second out of 28 schools at the recent National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON). The competition was hosted by Kansas State University-Salina.

“The team was strong and gave a good fight at this air meet,” said Lewis Liang, assistant professor of aviation and the team’s faculty advisor. “We worked hard—I am proud of the team’s accomplishments.”

Major achievements at this year’s SAFECON: first place in ground events; third place in the flight events; second place in Judges Trophy (a strong indication of team strength and depth).

Tyler Van Heel won individual first place in the aircraft preflight event.

The UND Flying Team consists of volunteer aviation students who have made significant time and effort commitments. The team participates in two competitions annually: a regional qualifying competition and the national meet.

Team members who competed this year were as follows: Matthew McGrath, captain; David Edmonds, captain; and, in alphabetical order, Jack Foley, Josh Garner, Paul Hering, Kevin Kelm, Jacob Lange, Brian Lee, Scott Meyer, Christian Mohan, Lauren Peterson, Paul Valenstein, and Tyler Van Heel.

The UND Flying Team is a member of the National Intercollegiate Flying Association, the sanctioning body for the regional SAFECON competitions. SAFECON places a special emphasizes on safety of flight operations. The team has won 16 national titles and placed second nine of the last 29 national competitions.

For more information, contact Lewis Liang, assistant professor, Aviation, at 777-6443 or

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