CTC aviation team best among two-year schools at national flying competition

Max Weiner (left) and Mason Ross finished fourth in the nation in the National SAFECON navigation event

Central Texas College (CTC) aviation science students won first place among competing two-year schools at the 2012 National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON) event held recently at Kansas State University in Salina, KS. The competition featured three two-year and 25 four-year schools and other aviation training schools competing in a series of flight and landing events. CTC finished 14th overall in the nation and placed 11th in the flight events. This year’s national SAFECON champion was Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott and the runner-up was the University of North Dakota.

CTC pilots placed 22nd in the Judges’ Trophy competition which is based on the overall participation of a team’s individual members. Individual honors were won by Max Wiener, CTC team co-captain, who placed 13th in the National Top Pilot Award category and finished as the 19th highest point scorer of all the male contestants (21st overall). Robert Mazyrack, co-captain, finished as the 54th highest scoring male (59th overall). Mazyrack was also selected as the CTC Outstanding Team Member.

Also, Wiener (pilot) and Mason Ross (observer) finished fourth in the nation in the Navigation event out of 80 contestants.

The CTC team was coached by Michael Hutyra, assistant chief flight instructor, and Tim Hulon. Team members were Wiener, Mazyrack, Austin Boney, Killian Brooks, Bryan Glover, Ross, Michael Steele, Jon Strobel and Joe Wukasch.

CTC student pilots finished:
Navigation Event (80 competitors): Wiener (pilot) and Ross (observer) – 4th place.

Power Off Landings (135 competitors): Boney – 38th place; Wiener – 40th place; Glover – 97th place; and Mazyrack – 125th place.

Short Field Approach and Landing (55 competitors): Mazyrack – 20th place.

Computer Accuracy (136 competitors): Glover – 65th place; Mazyrack – 100th place; Boney – 102nd place; Wiener – 103rd place; and Strobel – 118th place.

Aircraft Recognition (136 competitors): Ross – 59th place; Boney – 98th place; Steele – 118th place; Brooks – 119th place; and Strobel – 126th place.

Ground Trainer (55 competitors): Boney – 34th place; Glover – 44th place.

IFR Simulated Flight (28 competitors): Wiener – 16th place.

Crew Resource Mgmt./Line Oriented Flight Training (27 competitors): Mazyrack (pilot)/Wiener (co-pilot) – 14th place.

Simulated Comprehensive Aircraft Navigation (SCAN) Test (136 competitors): Glover – 64th place; Ross – 69th place; Steele – 80th place; Mazyrack – 101st place; and Wiener – 110th place.

Aircraft Preflight Inspection (55 competitors): Mazyrack – 38th place; Ross – 54th place.

Last year, CTC finished second among competing two-year schools and 19th overall at the national event. The team qualified for this year’s event by earning second place honors at the regional SAFECON event last October.

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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