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Sky Broncos competing at national championship

May 11, 2007

BATTLE CREEK, Mich.--Western Michigan University's precision flight team, the Sky Broncos, is at Ohio State University this week competing for the National Intercollegiate Flying Association championship. The competition, which began May 7, concludes with a Saturday, May 12, banquet at which the competition results will be revealed.

The 13-member team from WMU's College of Aviation in Battle Creek earned its berth in the national championship competition by winning NIFA's Region III competition last October. The Sky Broncos last won the national championship in 2002 and have placed in the top three in national competition for 15 consecutive years.

This annual event, this year known as SAFECON 2007, attracts about 400 aviators from 30 competing NIFA member schools. Each team qualified for the event by placing first or second in regional competitions held during the 2006-07 academic year. NIFA competitions pit schools against each other in flight events and ground events, with points accrued for both individual and team

Results from this year's competition will be posted Monday, May 14, in WMU News.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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