MCCC Flight Team Takes FIrst Place at Regional Competition
Three Earn Top Contestant Awards


WEST 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.

Mercer's 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.

Members 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.

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.

For complete results of this year's regional competition, visit the website here.

Student Home Towns:
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

Click here for more information about MCCC's Aviation Flight Technology program.

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