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Sky Broncos compete in national championship

May 21, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's precision flight team, the Sky Broncos, is in Terre Haute, Ind., this week in search of a national title as the National Intercollegiate Flying Association holds its 2010 championship at Indiana State University.

The annual competition, which is being held May 17-22 this year at Terre Haute's International-Hulman Field, attracts some 400 pilots from teams representing 30 of the top aviation schools in the nation. Schools earn the right to compete at nationals by winning or placing second in regional competition. The Sky Broncos qualified by placing first last October at NIFA's Region III event, which was held at WMU's College of Aviation at W.K. Kellogg Airport in Battle Creek, Mich.

Teams accrue points to determine final standings by having individual team members place in the top slots in the competition's 11 judged flight and ground events. Both individual placements and team standings are kept under wraps until the championship's concluding banquet the evening of Saturday, May 22. For 18 consecutive years, WMU's Sky Broncos have placed among the top four teams in the nation in NIFA competition. They last won a national championship in 2002.

2010 Sky Broncos

This year's Sky Broncos are coached by Steven W. Tkachuk, aviation specialist with the college.

  • Isaac Adler of West Bloomfield, Mich.
  • Ryan Bauer of Portland, Mich.
  • Paul Burgess of Broomfield, Colo.
  • Kyle Ciarkowski of Posen, Mich.
  • Justin Guth of Palatine, Ill.
  • Benjamin Hastings of Hillsdale, Mich.
  • Kyle Johnson of Arnold, Mo.
  • Kaitlin Klingler of Hillsdale, Mich.
  • Kyle Mallory of Rochester, N.Y.
  • Nathaniel McCune of Hanover, Mass.
  • Kathryn Meyer of Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • John Robbins of Auburn, Mich.
  • Mike Schwingel of Saline, Mich.
  • Andrew Seguin of Alpena, Mich.
  • Reto Smith Jr. of Lithonia, Ga.
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Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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