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SAFECON 2019 Host Bids

SAFECON 2019 Host Bids were submitted by The Ohio State University, Indiana State University, and the University of Wisconsin. Representatives from all three bidders will be afforded the opportunity to make their respective pitch presentations at the Annual NIFA Business Meeting at SAFECON 2018 at approximately 10:00 am on Sat., May 05, 2018 in the Indiana State University Hangar at KHUF, to be voted upon by the membership at that time.

2017 Regional SAFECON Ground Events Round-Up

All 2017-18 NIFA Regional Competitions have completed and invitations to the National SAFECON 2018 are forthcoming.  But, you may be wondering, how did your team stack up against others across the nation?

The following charts (.pdf) are national summaries of all regional competitions combined per ground event and a combined ranking based on scored points and Judges Trophies.  (Note: Due to record-keeping in Region 8 whereby number of correct Aircraft Recognition fill-in information was not provided in the scoring program (and could thus break a tie in these summaries), where a tie exists nationally that includes a Region 8 competitor, that competitor will show as last among the ties.  (All scores and rankings within Region 8 are correct.))

PRESS RELEASE: NIFA and AMA Sign MOU to Explore Collaborative Opportunities

Press Release
For Immediate Release
November 17, 2017

NIFA and AMA sign MOU to explore collaborative opportunities

The National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) and the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore collaborative aviation opportunities between the two organizations. Immediate opportunities include developing unmanned aircraft competition events for NIFA that would be compatible with AMA events. AMA currently has competitive unmanned aircraft events such as the annual UAS4STEM National Championship for high school students and the Collegiate Drone UAS4STEM Challenge. The Collegiate Drone UAS4STEM Challenge is designed for participants to learn, practice, and demonstrate professional unmanned aircraft system (UAS) knowledge, mission planning, flight skills, data collection, analysis and safety practices in a competitive environment.

The UAS industry and opportunities for UAS use for commercial purposes are expanding at an increasing rate, providing future opportunities for students who participate in UAS events. NIFA and AMA would like to expand those opportunities to those students.

The National Intercollegiate Flying Association was formed for the purposes of developing and advancing aviation education; to promote, encourage, and foster safety in aviation; to promote and foster communications and cooperation between aviation students, educators, educational institutions and the aviation industry; and, to provide an arena for collegiate aviation competition.
For NIFA inquires:
Adam Stiffler, Director of Communications:

The Academy of Model Aeronautics is a world-class association of modelers organized for the purpose of promotion, development, education, advancement, and safeguarding of modeling activities. The Academy provides leadership, organization, competition, communication, protection, representation, recognition, education, and scientific/technical development to modelers.
For AMA inquires:
Bill Pritchett, Director of Education: