The National Intercollegiate Flight Association’s SAFECON competition, which normally rotates among prominent aviation colleges, is coming to Oshkosh for the first time next year. The competition, with more than 500 students from more than 30 schools participating, will take place May 18-23, 2020.

“This competition brings together the nation’s top collegiate pilots to showcase their flying skills,” said Rick Larsen, EAA vice president of communities and member programs. “Many of the competitors in SAFECON are those who become the next generation of top professional pilots and flight instructors.”

EAA says that “he entirety of the competition will be hosted on the EAA grounds, utilizing both the convention grounds and the museum. All ground, spot landing, and flying events will be based at Wittman Regional Airport except the cross country competition which will start in Oshkosh and briefly leave the area.”

The University of North Dakota won the 2019 event hosted by the University of Wisconsin and held at the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport in Janesville.

Marc Cook
KITPLANES Editor in Chief Marc Cook has been in aviation journalism for more than 30 years. He is a 4000-hour instrument-rated, multi-engine pilot with experience in nearly 150 types. He’s completed two kit aircraft, an Aero Designs Pulsar XP and a Glasair Sportsman 2+2, and currently flies a 2002 GlaStar.

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