CTC aviation team takes third at national competition

Central Texas College Flight Team 2014 (final)The Central Texas College (CTC) Aviation Flight Team finished third among two-year schools competing in the 2014 National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON) event held recently at Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. The competition featured two-year and four-year schools and other aviation training schools competing in a series of flight and landing events. CTC finished 23rd overall in the nation and placed 20th overall in the flight events.

Individual honors were won Michael Steele who earned the team’s outstanding team member award. Co-captain Austin Boney finished as the 97th top scorer among competing male pilots.

The CTC team was coached by Michael Hutyra, assistant chief flight instructor, and Tim Hulon, advisor. Team members were Boney and Steele (co-captains), Parker Boney, Killian Brooks, Rohaise Firth-Butterfield, Alexander Grzelecki, Caleb Jones and Steffany Royal.

CTC student pilots finished:
Navigation Event (81 competitors): P. Boney (pilot), Brooks (observer) – 26th place; A. Boney (pilot), Royal (observer) – 28th place; Steele (pilot), Grzelecki (observer) – 50th place

Power Off Landings (132 competitors): P. Boney – 34th place; Jones – 58th place; Grzelecki – 70th place; Steele – 107th place; and Brooks – 118th place.

Short Field Approach and Landing (134 competitors): Brooks – 51st place; Grzelecki – 59th place; P. Boney – 60th place; Jones – 115th place; and Steele – 121st place.

Message Drop (81 competitors): Grzelecki (drop master)/Brooks (pilot) – 60th place

Computer Accuracy (135 competitors): P. Boney – 68th place; Royal – 79th place; Grzelecki – 99th place; and Steele – 108th place

Aircraft Recognition (134 competitors): Firth-Butterfield – 105th place; Steele 106th place; Jones – 113th place; and Brooks – 115th place

Ground Trainer (54 competitors): P. Boney – 22nd place; Jones – 37th place.

Crew Resource Management/Line-Oriented Training (27 competitors): Royal (pilot)/A. Boney (co-pilot) – seventh place

IFR Simulated Flight (27 competitors): P. Boney – 27th place

Simulated Comprehensive Aircraft Navigation (SCAN) Test (135 competitors): A. Boney – 77th place; Grzelecki – 83rd place; Brooks – 102nd place; Steele – 110th place; and Royal – 118th place

CTC offers a two-year program leading to an associate in applied science degree and the commercial pilot certification with an instrument rating. The curriculum includes 14 core courses in aviation such as private flight, advanced air navigation, aviation meteorology, instrument flight and aerodynamics.

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