Engineering students help Sky Broncos take 4th straight regional title

Two aerospace engineering students are members of the Sky Broncos, Western Michigan University's precision flight team, which recently took first place for the fourth year in a row at the National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s regional competition at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

Brian Erhart, a junior from Belmont, Mich., and Sam Haveman, a freshman from Grand Rapids, are part of the 15-member team that took first place in both ground events and flying events at the competition. In the computer accuracy category, Erhart placed first and Haveman placed ninth.

“The competition was tons of fun,” Erhart said. “We spent most of our time at the local airport where we studied for our respective tests and classwork. Afterward we helped the rest of the team prepare the planes for the flying events. Overall it was a great opportunity to show the time and effort we all put into the team, which is why we placed first for the fourth consecutive year.”

Last year's Sky Broncos team also finished first at regionals and advanced to the national competition where WMU aviators placed fifth, competing against teams from 25 colleges and universities around the country. This year’s national competition is at Ohio State University in May.