Liberty University Flight Teams

NIFA Flight Team

The Liberty University's School of Aeronautics is a member of the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA), andNIFA Logo 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 eleven years, most recently at the Region X 2015 competition hosted by Liberty University.                                                

Flight Team Advisor

Assistant Dean Bob Hudson serves as the LU NIFA team advisor. Additionally, Mr. Tony Cihak, the Director of Flight Operations at the School of Aeronautics, serves as the team's Head Coach. Both staff members accompany the team to all competitions to provide support for Flight and Ground events.

Upcoming Events

NIFA Region X 2016:
Hosted by Liberty University, Franklin, Va. - November 2-5 , 2016.  

Past 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:

"Liberty hosts regional flight competition, wins for 11th straight year" October 19, 2015

"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.