Quincy University’s Aviation program will serve as host for the 2017 National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) Region VIII Safety and Evaluation competition from October 24 – 28, 2017.   In addition to QU, the event will welcome students from Lewis University, Indiana State University, Purdue University and Southern Illinois University.  Activities will be held at Quincy Regional Airport and on QU’s North Campus in the Connie Niemann Center for Music.

The competition will feature a Manual Flight Computer Accuracy written test consisting of aviation math problems to be solved with a manual flight computer focusing on time, speed, distance, weight and balance, and wind problems.  In addition, there will be a message drop event in which competitors will try and hit a target on the ground with a message container dropped from an aircraft at 200 feet above the ground and power-off/on precision landing competitions. A highlight of the week will be the Simulated Comprehensive Aircraft Navigation (SCAN) game in which each contestant is given 40 questions, all of which are concerning one particular hypothetical flight from a given point of departure to one or more points of destination, and return to point of departure. The event will wrap up with an awards banquet on Saturday.

NIFA was 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 collegiate aviation competition.

For information contact Andy Dow at dowan@quincy.edu .