The Dowling Precision Flight Team Flying Lions just returned from the NIFA Regional competition in Schnectady, NY, where they earned a slot to compete in the NIFA Nationals.
Captain Nick Chieco led the charge placing top six or better in each of the events he competed in, securing second runner up for the Top Pilot spot. Flying Lions new member, Keith Hendrickson, teamed up with first semester member, Jade Fia, to best all other competitors from all of the Region 7 schools and win the Message Drop event.
Keith also placed in the top Ten in both Landing Events. Another first time competitor, Cliff Daly, placed 5th in the highly competitive Aircraft Pre-flight Event, finding a gripe on the aircraft that even the professional airplane mechanic judges missed! Dowling had two members in the top ten of the two signature Power off and Short-field Landing Events, in addition to the Aircraft Pre-flight Event. The Flying Lions Team members all placed well enough in their events to put Dowling in third overall position for Region 7 in spite of stiff competition.