WILL TO WIN
N I F A
APRIL 30 - MAY 5
Terra Haute, IN
The National Intercollegiate Flying Association holds annual regional and national competitions across the country. Over 60 colleges across 10 regions in the U.S. compete for a slot at the national competition. These competitions bring together passionate young aviators to compete and share their love of aviation.
Through pitch, power and using the wind to their advantage, competitors vie for the perfect precision landing. Power can be removed, but not added. Distance is graded to the foot. Consistency is key. There can be no margin for error.
The accuracy of this event is key. Reading the winds to plan a 6-leg flight to predetermined points, teams must work together to achieve success. Fuel must be exact to the 10th of a gallon. Flight time graded to the second. Pictures along the route must be found. Working as a crew is the only way to win.
Through teamwork, pilots must fly a low approach to the targets while the dropmaster carefully takes into account wind and speed. Together, the team aims to drop a message container on the target area.
Competitors train to recognize the smallest details that distinguish one aircraft from the other thousands. One aircraft, three points: Manufacturer, Model, and Common name. Our "ACID" Crew is the best of the best.
Racing against the clock, competitors use mental math and manual flight computers to solve aviation-related problems. Weight and Balance, Radius of Actions, CG Shifts, Airspeed Corrections and more!
Knowledge is everything in this event. Thorough understanding and application of the Federal Aviation Regulations and Aeronautical Information Manual are required and put to the test in this multi-faceted event.
More competition includes in-depth preflight inspections, Crew Resource Management, Ground Trainer simulation patterns, IFR and, of course, safety.