November 2009


DSU Student Aviators Shine in Regional Flight Competition

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(L-r) The DSU winning aviation team that won the top safety award: Vincent Russ, Marc Anderson, Courtney Walters (instructor/coach) and Kenneth Richie.

 

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  A team of DSU aviation students showed off their aircraft command and took home several top prizes during the Oct. 23-27 National Intercollegiate Flying Association Regional Flight Competition.   The team – Marc Anderson of Felton, Del., Kenneth Ritchie of Ft. Washington, Md., and Vincent Russ of Willingboro, N.J. – won the Top Team Award for Safecon, an award given to the team that demonstrates the most outstanding aviation safety during the competition.   In addition, Mr. Anderson took the 1st place trophies for the Power Off Landing and Short Field Land categories, and also won the Top Male Pilot award.   Mr. Anderson and Mr. Ritchie took jointly took 2nd place in the Message Drop category.   The team was coached by Courtney Walters, a flight instructor and alumnus of the DSU Aviation Program.   “I am particularly proud of the team for winning the team award for safety,” Capt. Stephen R. Speed, director of the DSU Aviation Program. “The other teams emulated many of the precautions that the DSU team put in place in preparation for the competition once they observed how our team approached safety.”   DSU competed in the competition against four other universities.    

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