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April 2, 2013
With an impressive showing at the semifinals, the BSU flight team earned a berth at the SAFECON Nationals.
It’s the first time in several years the squad has made it to the finals. David Price, associate dean of aviation, said the team has come a long way in a short time. “I am beyond amazed that we were able to field a team this strong in such a short period of time,” he said.
At the Northeast regionals, BSU Aviation faced off against West Point Academy, Delaware State University, Dowling College and Schenectady Community College. The team placed third overall, but earned the highest award which is given out for safety. “It’s incredible, it’s the single biggest trophy,” Mr. Price said.
The BSU team was the largest ever fielded in the program’s history – 26 members, up from just eight three years ago – and was led by co-captains, Michael Crane of Fall River and Shelby French of Amherst, N.H.
The competition included ground and flight events, preflight safety checks, and various flying tests. The team will travel in early May to Ohio for the nationals, and is currently fund raising to pay for the trip. (File photo, story by John Winters, G ’11, University Advancement)