Jacob Luedtke of Hampshire and the Lewis University Flight Team advanced to national level competition for the fifth consecutive year by taking third place in Region VIII at the 2013 NIFA Regional SAFECON competition in Indiana. Lewis University took third overall and in flight and ground events.
The top three universities advance to the National SAFECON Competition in May. The Lewis Flyers have competed in the national competition for the past five years. After last May’s event, Lewis University received the Loening Trophy, given annually to the nation’s best collegiate aviation department.
Luedtke also received an individual first-place award in SCAN. He competed in power off landings, short field landing, message drop (drop master), computer accuracy, SCAN and navigation (pilot). A graduate student, Luedtke is one of the team’s coaches.