Elizabeth City State University’s Aviation Program students have the right stuff and they proved that fact last month at the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) Region-X SAFECON competition. The students, led by aviation professor and team coach Orestes Gooden, took third place in the flight competition and fourth place overall.

The competition happened in Franklin, Virginia and included a competitive group of schools including the United States Naval Academy. Trophies, certificates and presentations were awarded to the event’s top performers during a banquet.

Gooden was also recognized for his flying skills when he competed against other coaches.

According to Gooden, the ECSU Aviation Team members are excited to have participated. He says they are looking forward to further training and next year’s competition.

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