K-State Aviation Flying Club Forms to Support Competitive Student Events

Aviation enthusiasts can support the university's competitive aviation teams.

SALINA, KS -- Kansas State University's Aviation Department has established the K-State Aviation Flying Club for aviation enthusiasts to support the university's competitive aviation teams. K-State at Salina, a top-five aviation program, has students who participate competitively in the FlightTeam, the Women's Air Race Team, and the SkillsUSA Maintenance Team.

"These students receive one of the best aviation learning experiences in the world, and their involvement in competitive activities around the country reinforces their commitment to the industry and Kansas State University's commitment to providing them with stimulating educational activities," says Dr. Dennis Kuhlman, dean of Kansas State at Salina.

The competitive programs help students develop flying and industry skills in addition to leadership, teambuilding, and networking opportunities.

Recently, the Flight Team has won 33 regional competitive top-ten finishes, including two first places and two runner-up awards. A K-State student won the regional top pilot award in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008, along with the top female pilot award in 2006, 2007, and 2008. This past year, a Kansas State student earned sixth place in the nation at SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Championship.

Membership in the Kansas State Aviation Flying Club is open to anyone with an interest in Kansas State University or aviation. Member benefits at the highest contribution level include a leather flight jacket emblazoned with the striking K-State Aviation Powercat logo along with logo decals suitable for airplane or automobile. Members will also be invited to special events and receive exclusive competitive team updates.

Anyone can join the K-State Aviation Flying Club with a gift of $2,500, $1,000, or $500 to the KSU Foundation. Contributions will offset student costs for aircraft rental and fuel to practice for and fly at competitive events, in addition to travel and accommodations.

For more information contact Mark Friesen at (785) 826-2609 or markf@found.ksu.edu or click here.

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