Collegiate pilots showcase safety skills in Janesville

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JANESVILLE (WKOW) — UW-Madison is hosting collegiate pilots from around the country for large convention focusing on safety and flight skills.

SAFECON, which stands for Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference, focuses on aviation safety, as well as knowledge, skill, and professionalism.

Throughout the week, 31 teams comprised of 400-500 students will compete in 12 different events, including aircraft recognition, navigation, precision landing, and message drop.

SAFECON is being held at the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport in Janesville. It’s the first time the event is being held in the state of Wisconsin.

Participants in SAFECON are college students from around the country and upon graduation, they will be looking for a community to call their own. The executive director of NIFTA says prizes will help those students in their future endeavors.

“There’s some monetary scholarship money they can win,” Taylor Newman said. “There are also airlines here interviewing for potential jobs. So it sort of works as a sort of trade show for airlines.”

Newman says almost every competitor will be hired in the airline industry after graduation.

Organizers say visitor spending from the event will total over $200,000.

 

Emily Friese

Emily Friese

27 News Producer

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