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NIFA Competition is Cancelled for 2020

The National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s SAFECON has cancelled for the summer of 2020.  COVID-19 precipitated limitations on and closures of colleges and universities required that this year’s SAFECON not take place.

An announcement was also made that the 2021 competition will be held at Wittman Field in Oshkosh, Wisconsin using facilities of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).

The Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON) is an event consisting of a series of competitions (both in the air and on the ground) where collegiate aviators demonstrate their piloting skills in competition. Among the events that may be selected for each SAFECON are a navigation event, short-field landing event, power off landing event, message drop event, a ground trainer event, aircraft recognition event, flight computer event, preflight inspection event, IFR simulator event, etc.

Trophies and awards, including a National Championship Trophy, are presented.  The team that received this trophy in 2019 was from the University of North Dakota.

The National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) was formed for the purposes of developing and advancing aviation education; to promote, encourage and foster safety in aviation; to promote and foster communications and cooperation between aviation students, educators, educational institutions and the aviation industry; and to provide an arena for collegiate aviation competition.