Region VII 2014 @ HWV

Welcome to the (semi-)live blog the 2014 National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) Region VII SAFECON (flight competition)! Stay tuned for event news, updates & results!

The (semi-)live blog is in progress, as you scroll down you can follow the progress of the event. The top starts with the kick off of the event and the most recent content will always be found at the bottom… (Not ideal, but for the mobile aspect of posting content from the landing line we are going with it!)

10/22/14 – The (semi-)live blog begins…NOW!

10/22/14 10:45pm – Teams have been notified of the blog via email & Twitter! From here you can expect regular posts! Stay tuned, tomorrow we will unveil the Preflight Inspection Event aircraft!

10/23/14 3:00pm – We’re setting up!

Dowling College Aviation Center

Dowling College Aviation Center

Judges' Room

Judges’ Room

Hangar space for the teams!

Hangar space for the teams!

Awesome backdrop

Awesome backdrop!

10/23/14 4:30pm – Landing event lines are being applied on Runway 24.

Larry working on the target line!

Larry working on the target line!

10/23/14 5:00pm – Runway stripes are completed on Runway 24, Runway 33 lines will be put down tomorrow morning!

Runway 24 landing stripes are complete!

Runway 24 landing stripes are complete!

10/23/14 6:00pm The preflight event aircraft, a 1977 Cessna 152 has been moved to a secluded hangar and the ‘bugging’ will commence shortly!

The preflight event aircraft is being prepped!

The preflight event aircraft is being prepped!

10/23/14 8:45pm It’s easy to locate the judges for our event this weekend, they’ll be sporting some new hats…

IMG_0913.JPG

10/24/14 9:30am The stripes on Runway 24 held up much better than expected with the rain last night. This morning, in some ‘light’ rain showers, we’re out putting the stripes down on Runway 33!

IMG_0916.JPG

10/24/14 10:30am Farmingdale is practicing landings, US Military Academy is studying for the written events and Delaware State just arrived!

IMG_0919.JPG

IMG_0930.JPG

More airplanes are arriving and the teams colors are on display!

IMG_0934-1.JPG

IMG_0932-0.JPG

IMG_0939-1.JPG

IMG_0933-0.JPG

10/24/14 12:00pm We have temporarily delayed the briefing. Instructions to follow in the hangar.

10/24/14 12:45pm We will run the Aircraft Recognition event for Bridgewater, Delaware, Dowling & Farmingdale at 1:15 in room 207. Schenectady, US Military Academy and RPI will be run later, exact time is TBD.

10/24/14 1:30pm The Aircraft Recognition event for BSU, DSU, DC & FSC is under way!

10/24/14 1:35pm Sean Breen (Regional Council Rep) is heading to the hangar to distribute ID badges for competitors. US Military Academy should expect to begin Ground Trainer Event practice soon; we are getting the facility opened & set up, stay tuned!

10/24/14 2:00pm USMA Ground Trainer practice to commence at 2:15pm… Or 1415 in military time!

10/24/14 2:30pm At 2:45pm in Room 207 BSU, DSU, FSC & USMA will have their SCAN test event. Other schools SCAN test will be scheduled later today.

10/24/14 3:45pm SCHEDULE UPDATE for ground events today, with a couple Ground Trainer practice sessions tomorrow:

1600-1700 BSU, DSU, DC, FSC – Computer Accuracy Event in Room 207; RPI, SCCC, USMA – Aircraft Recognition Event in Room 208

1700-1900 BBQ Dinner & General Contestant Briefing in the hangar

1900-2000 DC, RPI, SCCC – SCAN Event in Room 207

1900-1930 USMA – Ground Trainer Practice

1930-2000 DSU – Ground Trainer Practice

2000-2100 RPI, SCCC, USMA – Computer Accuracy Event in Room 207

2000-2030 FSC – Ground Trainer Practice

2030-2100 BSU – Ground Trainer Practice

Note – RPI & SCCC will complete their Ground Trainer practice following the landing events on Saturday

Picture from our General Contestant Briefing…

IMG_0954.JPG

10/24/14 9:15pm The evening edition of the E6B Computer Accuracy Event coming to a finish!

IMG_0956.JPG

10/25/14 6:00am The dew has set in and the judges are ready to roll!

IMG_0958.JPG

10/25/14 6:30am Sunrise and breakfast!

IMG_0960.JPG

IMG_0962.JPG

IMG_0963.JPG

NIFA Judge vehicles lined up & ready to go!

IMG_0966.JPG

Larry giving his morning briefing!

10/25/14 8:30am the lines are down, distance markers & wind socks are out and the judges are excited and in place!

 

IMG_0967-0.JPG

8:50am Heat 1 running up, here we go!

IMG_0968.JPG

IMG_0973.JPG

IMG_0974.JPG

IMG_0971.JPG

IMG_0972.JPG

IMG_0978.JPG

IMG_0980.JPG

IMG_0981.JPG

IMG_0989.JPG

IMG_0987.JPG

IMG_0984.JPG

10/25/14 1:15pm The plan is to brief for the Short Field Landings at 2:15 in the hangar, event to follow immediately after…

From earlier today, the very first approach & landing…

IMG_0996.JPG

IMG_0995.JPG

IMG_0998.JPG

IMG_1002.JPG

IMG_1017.JPG

IMG_1011.JPG

IMG_1019.JPG

IMG_1020.JPG

IMG_1034.JPG

IMG_1035.JPG

IMG_1037.JPG

IMG_1036.JPG

IMG_1035.JPG

 

IMG_1033.JPG

IMG_1032.JPG

…and then Larry’s car wouldn’t start when we wrapped up the landing competition, took about 16 judges to get it running!

IMG_1041.JPG

IMG_1061.JPG

Great to see spectators and competitors watching the action today!

IMG_1051.JPG

IMG_1050.JPG

IMG_1052.JPG

 

 

IMG_1076.JPG

10/26/14 9:00am with Preflight, Navigation & Ground Trainer on tap today, there are a lot of points to be earned. Today’s events go a long way to deciding who represents Region VII at Nationals in the spring!

10/26/14 10:30am Due to high winds the NAV flights are being delayed but stay tuned for more info… Ground trainer is also delayed due to a mechanical issue. Preflight is moving right along ahead/on schedule!

10/26/14 11:45am NAV has been called for the day, ground trainer is behind but we’re making it work and preflight is pushing ahead on schedule!

10/26/14 6:30pm Remember the briefing is at 7am tomorrow in the hangar… The plan is to send one NAV team from each school. We will then immediately roll into the Message Drop event. The plan is to roll through the day to the 5pm banquet. Also, don’t forget that Team Sportsmanship Award nominations are due ASAP to Matt at MTElia1B9@gmail.com. Here are a couple of pictures from the preflight event… We couldn’t post them during the event so we wouldn’t give anything away to the teams that hadn’t competed in the Preflight Event earlier in the day!

IMG_1096.JPG

IMG_1109.JPG

IMG_1087.JPG

IMG_1093.JPG

IMG_1108.JPG

Larry provided a couple of shots from the ground trainer event today too…

IMG_1115.JPG

IMG_1114.JPG

10/27/14 7:05am Briefing delayed for today until 730am in the hangar as we are still waiting on information to complete the ‘heat sheets’…

Larry & Sean both opened themselves up to some funny pictures earlier…

IMG_1117-0.JPG

IMG_1119-0.JPG

Larry standing on a box looking tall and Sean holding up a fence…

IMG_1123.JPG

10/26/14 11:05am Team should be ready to start engines for the first heat of Message Drop at 11:20!

IMG_1125.JPG

IMG_1138.JPG

IMG_1127.JPG

IMG_1132.JPG

The message drop target #1!

IMG_1188.JPG

IMG_1215.JPG

IMG_1177.JPG

IMG_1212.JPG

IMG_1199.JPG

IMG_1217.JPG

…in the barrel?!?!

IMG_1227.JPG

IMG_1239.JPG

IMG_1252.JPG

IMG_1249.JPG

IMG_1250.JPG

IMG_1251.JPG

IMG_1247.JPG

IMG_1248.JPG

IMG_1253.JPG

The last plane from the last event lands & then it shuts down, and it’s time for the banquet at 5:30pm at the main campus.

IMG_1243.JPG

IMG_1246.JPG

Check out some footage from Joel, one of our judges for this weekend…

http://youtu.be/3nVFaHYQCxA

Half of the message stop containers…

IMG_1255.JPG

Congratulations to our regional leaders and the team that will represent Region VII at Nationals!

1. Farmingdale State College
2. United States Military Academy – West Point
3. Dowling College

Also, I’d like to personally congratulate Bridgewater State University for winning the first ever ReviewBeforeFlight.com NIFA Region VII Team Sportsmanship Award which was based on judges’ input as well as competitor teams’ nominations!

Full event results can be found on the NIFA website HERE!

6 thoughts on “Region VII 2014 @ HWV

  1. Pingback: Live Blog for NIFA Region VII Competition THIS WEEK! | The Review Before Flight Blog

  2. Pingback: Flying for Food: Gene Collette’s Airport Restaurant @ KFIT | The Review Before Flight Blog

  3. Pingback: …and the Winner is… | The Review Before Flight Blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s