Flight Team Lands Second Place Finish at SAFECON 2017

Lewis University Flight Team Lands Second Place Finish at SAFECON 2017

Published: November 6, 2017.

The Lewis University Flight Team advanced to the national level competition for the ninth consecutive year by taking second place at the NIFA Region VIII SAFECON 2017 competition. Lewis University took second overall as well as in flight and ground events.

Head Coach Megan Zahos was also recognized at the competition as Coach of the Year. The assistant professor of aviation and transportation studies has been serving Lewis University for almost a decade. In addition to her responsibilities as a coach, Zahos has been instrumental in advancing aviation education and supporting students. She is a the faculty mentor for the Lewis Women in Aviation chapter and serves as the faculty adviser for the Lewis University Air Race Classic team.

The NIFA Region VIII SAFECON 2017 competition was held Oct. 23-28 at Quincy University in Quincy, Ill. This year’s competition included Lewis University, Indiana State University, Southern Illinois University, Quincy University and Purdue University.

Lewis University’s success at the event qualifies the team to compete in the National SAFECON Competition in May 2018 at Indiana State University.

In addition to Lewis University’s team honors, several Flight Team members earned individual awards. Kyle Meyer earned second place in both Top Scoring Contestant and Top Pilot Award competition. Jason Fourdraine earned third place in Aircraft Recognition. Will Kraatz (drop master) and Fourdraine (pilot) earned second place in the Message Drop Ranking. Meyer (pilot) and Calvin Warren (safety observer) earned third place in the Navigation Ranking. Warren finished in fifth place in the Aircraft Preflight Inspection Ranking.

The Lewis University flight team members include Noah Ambroziak of West Dundee, Jason Fourdraine of Oregon, Wis., Ron Fishleigh of Parker, Colo., Connor Haubenreiser of Darien, Mike Higgins of Homer Glen, Will Kraatz of St. Louis, Mo., Kyle Meyer of Homer Glen, Lucas Mickelson of Ridgeland, Wis., Chanon Penvari of Aurora, Thomas Roth of Woodridge, Raymond Sanchez of Elgin, Calvin Warren of Plainfield, Jane Zieba Orland Park, Danny Radz of Frankfort, and Ethan Kurtz.

The coaches of the flight team include Megan Zahos, Daniel Magner, George Chiampas, Leigh Agustin, Geoff Culloton and Kyle Meyer.

Lewis University has the oldest aviation program among universities in Illinois. It is the only aviation program in the state that has an airport on campus. Lewis University offers undergraduate degrees in Aviation & Aerospace Technology, Aviation Administration, Aviation Maintenance Management, Air Traffic Control Management, Aviation Security, Aviation Flight Management, Transportation Administration and Unmanned Aircraft Systems. The university also offers a graduate degree in Aviation Transportation on campus or online.

Lewis University is an innovative and entrepreneurial Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,500 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.



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