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<p>President Lester A. Lefton (left) and Provost Robert Frank (right) join members of the Kent State University Precision Flight Team in accepting the prestigious Loening Trophy.<br />
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President Lester A. Lefton (left) and Provost Robert Frank (right) join members of the Kent State University Precision Flight Team in accepting the prestigious Loening Trophy.

<p>President Lefton receives congratulations from Peter Bro, a representative from the Loening organization, the sponsor of the prestigious Loening Trophy, presented annually to the outstanding all-around collegiate aviation program in the country.<br />
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President Lefton receives congratulations from Peter Bro, a representative from the Loening organization, the sponsor of the prestigious Loening Trophy, presented annually to the outstanding all-around collegiate aviation program in the country.

<p>A Kent State University student flies an airplane over the campus during a training flight.<br />
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A Kent State University student flies an airplane over the campus during a training flight.

Kent State University's Precision Flight Team received the prestigious Loening Trophy, a perpetual trophy presented annually to the outstanding all-around collegiate aviation program in the nation. Here, a student preps a university airplane for a flight.
Kent State University's Precision Flight Team received the prestigious Loening Trophy, a perpetual trophy presented annually to the outstanding all-around collegiate aviation program in the nation. Here, a student preps a university airplane for a flight.
Kent State University's Precision Flight Team received the prestigious Loening Trophy, a perpetual trophy presented annually to the outstanding all-around collegiate aviation program in the nation. Here, a student makes a pass over the Kent State University Airport.
Kent State University's Precision Flight Team received the prestigious Loening Trophy, a perpetual trophy presented annually to the outstanding all-around collegiate aviation program in the nation. Here, a student makes a pass over the Kent State University Airport.
<p>Kent State University's Precision Flight Team received the prestigious Loening Trophy, a perpetual trophy presented annually to the outstanding all-around collegiate aviation program in the nation. Here, a student practices landings at the Kent State University Airport.<br />
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Kent State University's Precision Flight Team received the prestigious Loening Trophy, a perpetual trophy presented annually to the outstanding all-around collegiate aviation program in the nation. Here, a student practices landings at the Kent State University Airport.

  • <p>President Lester A. Lefton (left) and Provost Robert Frank (right) join members of the Kent State University Precision Flight Team in accepting the prestigious Loening Trophy.<br />
</p>
  • <p>President Lefton receives congratulations from Peter Bro, a representative from the Loening organization, the sponsor of the prestigious Loening Trophy, presented annually to the outstanding all-around collegiate aviation program in the country.<br />
</p>
  • <p>A Kent State University student flies an airplane over the campus during a training flight.<br />
</p>
  • Kent State University's Precision Flight Team received the prestigious Loening Trophy, a perpetual trophy presented annually to the outstanding all-around collegiate aviation program in the nation. Here, a student preps a university airplane for a flight.
  • Kent State University's Precision Flight Team received the prestigious Loening Trophy, a perpetual trophy presented annually to the outstanding all-around collegiate aviation program in the nation. Here, a student makes a pass over the Kent State University Airport.
  • <p>Kent State University's Precision Flight Team received the prestigious Loening Trophy, a perpetual trophy presented annually to the outstanding all-around collegiate aviation program in the nation. Here, a student practices landings at the Kent State University Airport.<br />
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Precision Flight Team Receives Prestigious Trophy

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On April 15, 2011, Kent State University's Precision Flight Team received the prestigious Loening Trophy, a perpetual trophy presented annually to the outstanding all-around collegiate aviation program in the nation.
The Loening Trophy is the rarest and oldest of all collegiate aviation awards. Students from the flight team were joined by Kent State President Lester A. Lefton, College of Technology Interim Dean Don Bubenzer, faculty advisor Dr. Richard Mangrum and others for the trophy’s official presentation to the university in the Kent Student Center.

Precision Flight Team Receives  Prestigious TrophyThe Kent State Precision Flight team won the highly coveted award at the National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s 2010 SAFECON (Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference) competition in Terra Haute, Ind. More than 450 students representing 29 aviation colleges and universities from across the country competed against each other in 13 different flying and non-flying events. Events included landing, navigation, planning and aircraft recognition.

The pure silver, Tiffany-designed Loening Trophy was commissioned and first awarded in 1929 when aviation pioneer and inventor Dr. Grover Loening saw a need to annually recognize the most outstanding achievements of today’s college aviation programs. Dr. Loening, who was the first aeronautical engineer for the Wright Brothers, asked his friends and famous pilots Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart and Navy Commander John Towers to assist Loening in judging the first competition. The original Loening Trophy is still awarded today and is considered the most prestigious award at the annual SAFECON competition.

The award represents superb achievement in aeronautical skills and represents the current benchmark for an overall outstanding collegiate aviation program. Keys for selecting the award recipient include emphasis placed on academics, community involvement, aviation skills and their advancement, a comprehensive safety program and professionalism combined with a proactive enhancement of the future of aviation.

The Loening Trophy will be on display in Van Deusen Hall beginning April 18 until early May when it will be returned to the SAFECON event in Columbus, Ohio, for the 2011 competition.

For more information on Kent State’s aeronautics program, visit http://www.kent.edu/technology/undergraduate/aeronautics.cfm.

Photo Caption:
The view through a Kent State University airplane making its final approach to the Kent State University airport.