RPI Flying Club: Trip to Nationals 2019
“With the rising costs of flying, it is extremely important to support aviation in the RPI community so we can continue to pursue our passion of flying.” – Andrew Sit '19
While Rensselaer offers no formal aviation training, the RPI Flying Club has been able to create a strong team to compete against some of the best aviation programs in the nation. At our previous trip to the national competition, the RPI Flight Team placed 3rd and 5th in the nation on one of the flying events, and came in 19th overall out of 28 teams. Rensselaer has also had the top pilot in the regional competition for the past three years in a row. The top pilot is the contestant who scores the highest on both ground and flying tests combined.
By donating to the RPI Flying club NIFA team, you give us the opportunity not only to learn and grow our passion for aviation, but also to introduce people into the world of flying!
What You're Supporting
We are raising money for taking the RPI Flight Team to the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) National Competition. For the past several years, the RPI Flying Club has been able to build a strong team to compete at the NIFA Regional Competition. While RPI does not offer a formal aviation training, our Flight Team, united by our passion for aviation, has been able to place in regionals and qualify for nationals for the past 4 years. However, participating in this competition -- just as everything in the aviation industry -- can be very costly.
Your contribution, whether it is $5 or $500, will make an impact. We will be able to participate in a competition that helps us explore our knowledge in the field. The competition brings in the best aviation programs and aviators from colleges around the nation to participate in competitive aviation events, while also having the opportunity to network with professionals in the aviation industry. The competition consists of ground events and flying events. The ground events challenge your aviation knowledge, from aircraft recognition to using a slide rule flight computer to perform calculations and plan flights. The flying events test our pilots on navigation and precision-landing events.
Who We Are
The RPI Flying Club consists of aviation enthusiasts, pilots, and student pilots who all share a common interest; things that fly. Whether it be helicopters, airplanes, or even hot air balloons, we’ve got it. We indulge in our love of aviation through a variety of events. For more information about us, visit our Facebook page.