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Aviation and Aerospace Science Department
Precision Flight Team
MSU Denver’s Precision Flight Team belongs to Region I of the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA). Enroll in a Precision Flight Team class and meet with other students who have a passion for competition and aviation. Tryout for one or a few of the many flight or ground events to participate in during regional and national competitions against some of best collegiate aviation programs in the country. The events range from best short-field landing, best maneuvers in a simulator, aircraft recognition, and most proficient flight planning skills. The Flight Team is open to any MSU Denver major, but to fly you must be in the B.S. Aviation and Aerospace Science Professional Flight Officer concentration. In 2011 MSU Denver won the most prestigious award of the competition, the Loening Trophy! For more information, contact Professor Kendall [email protected] or Professor Bachelder [email protected] . Visit NIFA’s website at NIFA.aero
The Aerobatic Team provides an opportunity for students to explore aviation outside the standard flight training curriculum required for certification. Students interested in aerobatics can take an orientation flight, performing rolls, loops, Cuban eight type maneuvers, inverted flight, stalls and spins, hands on, with assistance of an experienced aerobatic instructor.
The formal aerobatic training syllabus then expands into stall/spin recognition and recovery training, exploring accelerated stalls, right side up as well as inverted flat, accelerated, switch over, crossover spins, and inadvertent spin and unusual attitude recoveries. After completion of spin training the aerobatic students will receive the opportunity to apply their newly acquired knowledge, while learning to master the maneuvers of the Sportsman aerobatic competition category, including Immelmann, Hammerhead, Humpty Bump, etc. The MSU Denver Collegiate Aerobatic Team participates in International Aerobatic Club (IAC) sanctioned aerobatic contests around the country (See www.IAC.org, collegiate program). Students usually compete in the Primary or Sportsman aerobatic category. Contact Faculty Head Coach Dagmar Kress [email protected] for more information.
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