|Top Ten finish for Lewis University Flight Team at Nationals
Published: May 28, 2012.
Lewis University Flight Team placed 10th overall at the National Intercollegiate Flying Association Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference competition held May 14-19. The competition was hosted by Kansas State University. Lewis University finished in seventh place in the ground events and 17th in flight events.
Individual honors were numerous as well. Lewis University senior Anthony Lalor earned first place in the Certified Flight Instructor event and second place in Preflight event. Senior Aaron Brown placed 11th in Crew Resource Management, fifth in Ground Trainer and fourth in IFR Simulator. Freshman George Chiampas placed 15th in Message Drop. Senior Jake Luedtke earned 11th place in Crew Resource Management. Sophomore Erik Rasmussen placed 11th in Ground Trainer. Junior James Vandeventer won 11th in Preflight and 15th in Message Drop.
SAFECON brings together 28 colleges and universities from across the country, with more than 300 students participating. The conference fosters competition and promotes teamwork between aviation students, educators and the aviation industry.
Lewis University Flight team members include: Anthony Lalor of Woodstock, Ill., Andrew Baniecki of Chicago, Aaron Brown of Joliet Ill., Ben Popp of Crystal Lake, Ill., Neil Shuey of Gibsonia, Penn., Kayan Todiwalla of Romeoville, Ill., George Chiampas of Addison, Ill., Jake Luedtke of Hampshire, Ill., Brian McHugh of Henderson, Nevada, Kazimierz Dyduch of Niles, Ill., Matt Pall Orland Park, Ill., Erik Rasmussen of Bloomington, Ill., Cody Marks of Orland Park, Ill., Robert Beckmann of Bourbonnais, Ill., James Vandeventer of Naperville, Ill., Nirav Patel of Aurora, Ill., and Alex Kwiatkowski of Wheaton, Ill.
Megan Montgomery of LaGrange, Ill. is the Lewis Universityís Flight Teamís head coach. Other Flight Team coaches include: TJ Fogarty of Anacona, Ill., Jared Hunt of Morton, Ill., and Nick Terleckyj of Park Ridge, Ill. Al Szoldatits of Tinley Park, Ill., is an advisor.
Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The ninth largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.