St. Louis University's Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology is proud to host SAFECON Region VI competition this week at St. Louis Downtown Airport. The week-long event is sponsored by the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) to encourage college student aviators to interact with fellow students at other institutions while sharpening their flying skills and aviation knowledge. Today's activities included the Power Off Landing Event, Short-Field Landing Event, and an evening social event held at the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum.
The Day began with another spectacular sunrise at St. Louis Downtown Airport, just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. Competitors from the St. Louis University Flying Billikens and the visiting college teams assembled early Wednesday morning to prepare for the precision landing events. The first, the Power Off Landing Event, tested the pilot's ability to fly an approach to land on the target line with the engine at idle power from the downwind entry into the pattern. Next came the Short-Field Landing Event, which like the previous event, tested the pilot's ability to land on the target line using some engine power, though it can not be increased during the approach. Both events use a target area marked 100 feet before and 200 feet after the target line, and pilots are graded as to where the right wheel touches and remains on the runway in relation to the target line. Nine heats of 3-4 aircraft flew for each event throughout the day:
On Wednesday evening, the collegiate teams and other guests visited the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum and aircraft on static display nearby. Trans States Airlines brought in an Embraer ERJ-145LR from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, and the flying team members enjoyed touring the aircraft and discussed career opportunities with Trans States Airlines. Also on display were Beech T-34 and Nanchang CJ-6 warbirds, Robinson R44 helicopter, a powered parachute, and Garmin-equipped Cirrus SR22. The museum exhibits were well received, especially the restored F-4 Phantom II cockpit and the Lockheed Jetstar. Here are some scenes from a great evening with our friends in aviation:
The Aero Experience will continue our coverage of the SAFECON Region VI Competition Thursday as the teams compete in the Message Drop Event and Preflight Event.