Guilford Tech Flight Team


The National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) exists as a forum for collegiate aviators to expand their studies and further their careers by participating in competitive and non-competitive events, networking with industry and contemporaries, and applying themselves to go above-and-beyond their ordinary curriculum.

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SCAN (Simulated Comprehensive Air Navigation)


A Written Exam with problems that reference a simulated cross country flight over a given route. Included in the flight planning are questions on weight and balance, aircraft performance, federal aviation regulations, aeronautical charts, weather interpretation, and fuel consumption.



 E6B Computer Accuracy

 Competitors work against the clock to solve mathematical flight planning computations using a manually operated flight computer (E6-B or CR-3). The exam includes problems on time, speed, distance, wind corrections, fuel requirements, and conversion factors.



ACID (Aircraft Identification)

Photos of aircraft are shown on a screen for three (3) seconds each. Competitors have fifteen (15) seconds to identify each aircraft's manufacturer, model number, and common name, if any.




Aircraft Pre-Flight

 An aircraft is "bugged" with at least thirty un-airworthy discrepancies. Contestants are given fifteen (15) minutes to preflight the aircraft and find as many of the discrepancies as possible.



Short field Landings

The objective of the short field landing event is to test the pilots skill at maneuvering and manipulating the aircraft. After taking off and flying a normal traffic pattern, the objective is to land on target line. The distance in feet from there where the wheels initially touch the runway from the target line is the pilots score. The lowest cumulative score from the two landings plus technique penalty points wins.


Power-Off Landing


Similar to the short field event, the power must be reduced and remain at idle on the downwind leg again and land at the target line. The approach is made by sliding for the remainder of the traffic pattern to touch down on the target line.


NAV (Air Navigation)


This event consist of a cross country flight over three to five leg course between seventy to one-hundred nautical miles in total length. Each contestant submits a flight plan before takeoff, which estimates time enroute for each leg, total elapsed time, and fuel consumption. The contestant with the fewest penalty points wins.


Message Drop


The object of this event is to hit a target on the ground with a message container dropped from an aircraft at two hundred (200) feet. A team effort by both pilot and the drop master is necessary to maneuver the aircraft so the container will hit the target. The contestants (Pilot and Drop Master) with the lowest total distance from the two targets is the winner.


Ground Trainer (Simulator)


This event is designed to test the competency and skill of the contestants ability to fly in a flight training device. The competition will of an accuracy landing event and also a steep turn event. The contestant with the fewest penalty points is the winner.





From the time the team arrives at competition to the time the team returns home from SAFECON competition, the team is graded on the overall safety of the team. "Contestants will be under special safety scrutiny", A select few will represent the team and attend a safety interview with the head safety judges at the competition.


during the entire time they are at the site of the SAFECON.