GTCC Flight Team Soars at the 2019 Region X Flight Competition

Published on: October 31, 2019
Members of the GTCC Flight Team pose with their awards from the Region X Flight Competition. Pictured left to right are Miranda Williams, Layne Timidaiski, Elias Bracamontes, Ben Jones, and Andrew Stevens. Back row, Audrey Floyd.

Guilford Technical Community College’s Flight Team recently returned from the 2019 Region X flight competition hosted by the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA). The competition was held in Danville, Virginia, Oct. 16-19 at the Danville Regional Airport. The G-Tech Flyers captured second place in ground events, third place in flight events, and earned an overall third place finish in the three-day competition.

“Our team this year was small, but they made a big showing in points. Every GTCC Flight Team member scored in the top ten in at least one event,” shared Audrey Floyd, GTCC’s program director for Aviation Management and Career Pilot. “They are a very dedicated group, spending many hours each week striving to improve their skills in ground and flight events. GTCC Flight Team pilots pay hundreds of dollars out-of-pocket to prepare for the event, ensuring they execute the flights safely and are highly competitive against four-year university programs.” 

Congratulations to the following GTCC flight team members for their individual results in the competition:

Power-Off Landings

  • Layne Timidaiski, first place
  • Andrew Stevens, 10th place

Short Field Landings

  • Layne Timidaiski, fourth place


  • Layne Timidaiski (pilot) and Miranda Williams (safety observer), sixth place                 
  • Andrew Stevens (pilot) and Ben Jones (safety observer), eighth place

Message Drop

  • Ben Jones (dropmaster) and Andrew Stevens (pilot), first place
  • Elias Bracamontes (dropmaster) and Andrew Stevens (pilot), third place
  • Miranda Williams (dropmaster) and Layne Timidaiski (pilot), fourth place


  • Miranda Williams, fourth place
  • Andrew Stevens, eighth place
  • Layne Timidaiski, 10th place


  • Andrew Stevens, first place
  • Layne Timidaiski, fifth place

Aircraft Recognition

  • Andrew Stevens, second place
  • Layne Timidaiski, fourth place


  • Layne Timidaiski, second place
  • Andrew Stevens, ninth place

Computer Accuracy

  • Andrew Stevens, second place

Outstanding Team Member

  • Layne Timidaiski

Top Pilot

  • Layne Timidaiski, second place

The GTCC Flight Team is one of 70 member schools in the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA). Schools compete at the regional level to be selected to compete at the National SAFECON. 2020 National SAFECON will be held May 18-23 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

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