MCCC aviation team wins first place at regionals
Saturday, November 17, 2007
WEST WINDSOR -- Pitting
their skills in the air and on the ground against four-year and two- year
colleges, Mercer County Community College's Flight Team was the overall
winner of the Intercolle giate
Flying Association's regional competition in October, scoring 262 points to
the second-place team's 176 points.
Mercer students Colin
Stewart, team captain, and Ian Johansen were the top two scoring male
contestants, while the top scoring female was Mercer's Tabatha Ialacci, team captain. The team also won several
trophies, including Navigation, Short Field Approach and Landing, and Message
Mercer's Flight Team won
the last four out of four regional competitions under the leadership of
teaching assistant and adviser Diane Loving of Bordentown. They have
qualified for the nationals every year for the past 19 years, and have
competed in 16 of those national competitions.
Mercer's Aviation Flight
Technology program attracts students from throughout the state and region.
The college owns a fleet of airplanes housed at the Trenton-Mercer
Airport in Ewing.
Team members are: Sean Ca piak, Tabernacle; Coach Evan Conley, Langhorne, Pa.;
Kathleen "Charley" DeFilippo, Middletown;
Angela Owens, McGuire Air Force Base; Andres Hidalgo, San Jose, Costa Rica;
Michael Suozzo, Whit ing;
Judith Galayda, Hamilton; Ra jief
Jobson, Roslyn Castle, Jamaica; Marc Schambers,
Pennsauken; John Gusrang, Burlington; Luis Nazario, Perth Amboy; Andrew O'Neil, Sayreville; Loving;
Stewart, Frenchtown; Ialacci, Hamilton; Jo hansen, Brick; and Ryan Forbeck,
For complete results of
the regional competition, visit (www.nifa.us/2007--
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