The NIFA Flight Team

The 2012/13 Flight Team

Since 2002, the Liberty University's School of Aeronautics has taken part in regional and national NIFA competitions. The flight team has won their regional competition (Region X) for the last nine years and they strive to continue this winning streak.                                                     

The team will be using two Cessna 172 aircraft and our new Cessna 150 for the flight events. This years regional competition was hosted by Liberty University at Franklin County Municipal Airport, VA. Our team won 1st place and will now head to the national competition hosted by Ohio State University on May 12th-17th.

Kyle Dillon & Matt Sylvester

Team Coaches

This years NIFA Team coaches are Kyle Dillon and Matt Sylvester. They have been working extremely hard to maintain the high standard of airmanship that we have displayed over the last number of years at the competition. They will be leading the team for each of the flight and ground events at the upcoming regional competition.


Flight Team Advisor

Mr. John Marselus is the Associate Dean of Flight Operations for the School of Aeronautics. He is also the NIFA Flight Team Advisor and he will be accompanying the team to the competitions to provide support for all the Flight and Ground events. This year he will be the NIFA Safety Officer for the regional competition and it is his responsibility for overseeing of any mishap or crisis response.

Upcoming Events

National NIFA SAFECON Competition:

Hosted by Ohio State University, 12-17th May, 2014


Mr. John Marselus

Region X Competitors:

  • Averett University
  • Guilford Community and Technical College
  • Elizabeth City State University
  • Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute
  • Hampton University
  • Lenoir Community College
  • United States Naval Academy

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