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Embry-Riddle Flight Teams Score Well in National Intercollegiate Flight Competition

28 May 2009   Bill Thompson

Second and fourth place over all, with many of the teammates bringing home individual honors.

 

Embry Riddle Eagles
Embry Riddle Golden Eagles - From Prescott.
Prescott, Ariz / Daytona Beach, Fla., May 27, 2009 –Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s two renowned student flight teams placed second and fourth at this year’s National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s (NIFA) Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON), hosted May 17-23 by Parks College of St. Louis University.

The Prescott, Ariz., campus team, the Golden Eagles – a powerhouse group of flyers who have been national champions seven times since 1993 – came in fourth with 288 points overall, only three points out of third place.

The Golden Eagle’s student pilot Cassie Nagle was the nation’s top-scoring female contestant, capturing the Candi Kubek Award, and the team of pilots Dustin Hagadone and Josh Seay took second place in the American Airlines Safety Event.

The university’s Daytona Beach, Fla., campus team, the Eagles, moved up to second place in the nation in the competition, an improvement from their third-place ranking of last year. The team won the national championship in 1992.

This year’s competition involved 335 pilots from 28 aviation programs around the nation.

The Eagles also won first place in the Flight Events category and scored first-place finishes in five individual events – Navigation (pilots Derek Herchko and Jon Hester), Computer Accuracy (Derek Herchko), Crew Resource Management (Michael Crowley and Tim Lerner-Lam), Aircraft Recognition (Blake Glass), and Instrument Flight Rules (Steven Pellegrino).

Dave Zwegers, coach of the Daytona Beach campus team, said, “We’re pleased that we exceeded our previous years’ results, which have been continuously improving -- 10th place in 2005, 6th place in 2006, 3rd place in 2007 and 3rd place in 2008.”

Matthew Waterhouse, head coach of the Prescott Golden Eagles, said, “As national champions for the past two years, we went in with high expectations. We were definitely disappointed, but I think losing every once in a while will make our team members appreciate winning the national championship in the future.”

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, offers more than 30 degree programs in its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business, and Engineering, educating more than 34,000 students annually in undergraduate and graduate programs. Doctoral programs in aviation and in engineering physics are pending approval by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) for the University to offer programs at the doctoral level. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Prescott, Ariz., and Daytona Beach, Fla., through the Worldwide Campus at more than 130 campus centers in the United States, Europe, Canada, and the Middle East, and through online learning. For more information, visit www.embryriddle.edu.

Individual Rankings for Embry-Riddle Teams

Prescott, Ariz / Daytona Beach, Fla., May 27, 2009 –Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s two renowned student flight teams placed second and fourth at this year’s National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s (NIFA) Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON), hosted May 17-23 by Parks College of St. Louis University. The individual rankings for the competitors from the Prescott’s Golden Eagles and the Eagles from Daytona Beach are listed below.

Rankings:

Event
Place - Individual/Team:

Message Drop

4 - Elizabeth Hunt/Tim Lerner-Lam/Eagles

9 - Jon Hester/Derek Herchko/Eagles

10 - Jonathan Myers/Joshua Reinertsen/Eagles

Navigation

1 - Derek Herchko/Jon Hester/Eagles

4 - Sherman Carll/Matt Cullen/Eagles

7 - Jahvan Dechape/Andrew Garrett/Golden Eagles

10 - Grant Culver/Thad Short/Golden Eagles

15 - Michael Crowley/Tim Lerner-Lam/Eagles

Simulated Comprehensive

2 - Derek Herchko/Eagles

Aircraft Navigation

6 - Cassie Nagle/Golden Eagles

7 - Sherman Carll/Eagles

30 - Tim Lerner-Lam/Eagles

19 - Grant Culver/Golden Eagles

Computer Accuracy

1 - Derek Herchko/Eagles

9 - Sherman Carll/Eagles

10 - Kisa Wiley/Golden Eagles

14 - Andrew Garrett/Golden Eagles

15 - Grant Culver/Golden Eagles

18 - Jonathan Myers/Eagles

 

Crew Resource Management

1 - Michael Crowley/Tim Lerner-Lam/Eagles

3 - Cassie Nagle/Greg Oden/Golden Eagles

Ground Trainer

7 - Stephen Neumann/Golden Eagles

9 - Brendan Vinchesi/Golden Eagles

Preflight Inspection

9 - Grant Culver/Golden Eagles

14 - Josh DeWeese/Golden Eagles

19 - Jonathan Hester/Eagles

Certified Flight Instructor

3 - Michael Crowley/Eagles

Aircraft Recognition

1 - Blake Glass/Eagles

2 - Thad Short/Golden Eagles

5 - Phil Rademacher/Eagles

6 - Chris Purcell/Golden Eagles

10 - Chris Thelan/Golden Eagles

12 - Matt Cullen/Eagles

18 - Dan Williams/Eagles

19 - Kevin Porter/Eagles

Instrument Flight Rules

1 - Steven Pellegrino/Eagles

19 - Greg Oden/Golden Eagles

Power-Off Landings

3 - Andrew Garrett/Golden Eagles

7 - Michael Crowley/Eagles

12 - Thad Short/Golden Eagles

Short Field Landings

3 - Lance Hagan/Eagles

4 - Chris Purcell/Golden Eagles

12 - Derek Herchko/Eagles

15 - Michael Crowley/Eagles

19 - Steven Pellegrino/Eagles

American Airlines Safety Award

2 - Dustin Hagadone/Josh Seay/Golden Eagles

Top Female Contestant

1 - Cassie Nagle/Golden Eagles

3 - Elizabeth Hunt/Eagles

Top Male Contestant

2 - Derek Herchko/Eagles

National Top Pilot

- Derek Herchko/Eagles

Flight Events

1 - Eagles team

5 - Golden Eagles team

Ground Events

3 - Eagles team

4 - Golden Eagles team

Judges Trophy

5 - Golden Eagles team

Craig Morrison Award

1 - Derek Herchko/Eagles

Outstanding Team Member

Eagles team: Derek Herchko

Golden Eagles team: Dustin Hagadone

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The Eagles - Embry-Riddle's Daytona team.

Contacts

Bill Thompson, Arizona Campus
william.thompson@erau.edu
(928) 777-6961

Bob Ross, Florida Campus
rossr@era.edu
(386) 226-6198