Liberty University Flight Teams

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NIFA Flight Team

The Liberty University's School of Aeronautics is a member of the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA), and our flight team has taken part in annual competitions on both regional and national levels since 2002. The team has won their regional competition (Region X) for the last ten years, and they most recently placed 5th at last year's 2014 National SAFECON competition hosted by Ohio State University.                                                  

Team Coaches

This year's Flight Team coaches are Sean Clayton, James Curry, and Zach Floto. They have been working hard to maintain the high standards that our pilots have displayed over the last number of years, and they helped lead our team to win first place at last year's Region X Competition in October.

They are now preparing our team to compete in the upcoming National SAFECON competition hosted by Ohio State University, May 11-16, 2015.

Team Coaches: Sean Clayton, James Curry and Zach Floto.

Flight Team Advisor

Mr. John Marselus is the Associate Dean of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) at 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. 


Upcoming Events

National NIFA SAFECON Competition:

Hosted by Ohio State University, 11-16th May, 2015

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

Flight Team News:

"Flight team claims 10th straight regional title"
October 13, 2014

"Liberty flight team places fifth at NIFA nationals"
May 20, 2014  

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About NIFA

"The National Intercollegiate Flying Association 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."


 Liberty Belles Flight Team

Air Race Classic

The Air Race Classic is an all-female cross country flight competition that tests the skills of female pilots from across the country. Each summer, 50+ participants compete in the four day race usually comprised of a route spanning the United States.

Liberty School of Aeronautics’ team, the Liberty Belles, consists of two teams of two ladies. The team members are current SOA students or alumni and go through a rigorous selection process to be nominated as SOA’s racers. The School of Aeronautics has competed since 2012 and placed 3rd and 5th overall in 2014.