|By Carmelo Turdo|
The Flying Billikens and the Oklahoma State University Flying Aggies practiced for the short-field landing and message drop competitions to be held later in the week. In the short-field landing competition, pilots attempt to land on a line marked on the runway. For the message drop, a standardized message container is dropped from the aircraft flying at 200 feet to land as close to the ground target as possible. Here are some views of the practice flights Saturday afternoon:
The Aero Experience will provide continuing coverage of the SAFECON Region VI competition as the week progresses. Included in our coverage will be exclusive feature stories on the participating teams and the events, including the fly-in social event at the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum on Wednesday.
We now congratulate the following team members of the St. Louis University Flying Billikens:
Will Aksamit, Bradley Boggs, John Cosgrove, Mark Gerken, Thomas Holmes, Brandon Kauling, Rob Leahy, Jon Martin, Alec Albright, Creedance Chambers, James Colestock, William Gygi, Liz Maddox, Rachel Munger, Daniel Tropp, and Chris Wall. The team coaches are Jack Schwarz and Kate Benhoff. Event organizer is Amy Preis.
In our report on the landing competitions, we will feature a special video from the cockpit as St. Louis University Flying Billikens Coach Jack Schwarz talks us through the landing pattern as he demonstrated a short-field landing during a recent flight. We have a few photos of the flight as seen from the ground:
The Aero Experience thanks St. Louis University and the Parks College Flying Billikens, FBO host Ideal Aviation, the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum, the visiting collegiate flying teams and everyone who has contributed to planning this great Midwest Aviation event.