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USU FLYING TEAM FINISHES 1ST IN SAFETY AT COLLEGIATE MEET; A.F. FLIERS CLAIM TOP HONORS

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When the points were tallied last weekend at the 1992 Region One SAFECON competition, Utah State University had the safest flying team.

During the three-day collegiate flight competition, judges carefully observed all safety practices as more than 50 competitors inspected, moved and flew their airplanes in a variety of events. Each potentially unsafe instance was noted.The USU team had the fewest errors, according to team coach Nathan Rydman, Ogden, and won the first place trophy. Rydman said the team was "dinged" last year at Billings, Mont., in the safety event, and the USU flyers were ready this year.

College pilots from five universities competed in the events held at the Logan/Cache Airport under near-perfect fall weather conditions.

Air Force Academy had the top flying team and top pilot, as expected, according to competition coordinator Dave Widauf, USU Industrial Technology and Education Department. "They get to fly free whenever they have time. Some of their seniors have 600 or 700 hours. You get good when you can fly often and that much."

Still, a Utah State University pilot from Ovid, Idaho, won the gold in the power-off spot landing event. Boyd Johnson "greased" the landing, touching down without power exactly on the cross stripe marked on the airport runway.

A Kaysville student scored consistently near the top in a number of events. Landon Brophy was third in power-on spot landing, third in a message drop, tied for fifth place with teammate Ashley Allred of Salt Lake City in an instrument simulation flight and was eighth in the pre-flight event.

USU's Eric Burke, Idaho Falls, picked up a third place award in pre-flight inspection and a fourth in visual flight navigation.

Competitors flew in from Colorado Northwestern Community College in Rangley, Metropolitan State College in Denver, Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Mont. It was the second year USU has competed and the first time USU has hosted the event.