MCCC Flight Team Takes FIrst Place at Regional Competition
Three Earn Top Contestant Awards
WINDSOR, N.J. - 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 Intercollegiate Flying Association's
regional competition in October, scoring 262 points to the second
place team's 176 points. Mercer students Colin Stewart and Ian
Johansen were the top two scoring male contestants, while the
top scoring female was Mercer's Tabatha Ialacci. The team also
won several trophies, including Navigation, Short Field Approach
and Landing, and Message Drop.
Flight Team won the last four out of four regional competitions
under the leadership of Teaching Assistant 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.
of the Mercer County Community College Flight Team display their
trophies at a reception after winning the Intercollegiate Flying
Association's regional championship competition. Pictured, from
left, are Sean Capiak, Team Coach Evan Conley, Kathleen "Charley"
DeFilippo, Angela Owens, Andres Hidalgo, Michael Suozzo, Judith
Galayda, Rajief Jobson, Roslyn Castle, Marc Schambers, John Gusrang,
Luis Nazario, Andrew O'Neil, MCCC Advisor Diane Loving, Team Captains
Colin Stewart and Tabatha Ialacci, Ian Johansen and Ryan Forbeck.
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.
complete results of this year's regional competition, visit the website
Sean Capiak, Tabernacle, NJ
Coach Evan Conley, Langhorne, PA
Kathleen "Charley" DeFilippo, Middletown, NJ
Angela Owens, McGuire, NJ
Andres Hidalgo, San Jose, Costa Rica
Michael Suozzo, Whiting, NJ
Judith Galayda, Hamilton Sq., NJ
Rajief Jobson, Roslyn Castle, Jamaica
Marc Schambers, Pennsauken, NJ
John Gusrang, Burlington, NJ
Luis Nazario, Perth Amboy, NJ
Andrew O'Neil, Sayreville, NJ
Advisor Diane Loving, Bordentown, NJ
Captain Colin Stewart, Frenchtown, NJ
Captain Tabatha Ialacci, Hamilton, NJ
Ian Johansen, Brick, NJ
Ryan Forbeck, Shamong, NJ
for more information about MCCC's Aviation Flight Technology program.
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