Shortly after World War I, returning service members sought a way to advance their aviation skills while attending colleges and universities. The National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) was created to offer pilots an opportunity to demonstrate their skills through friendly competition.
In addition to helping collegiate aviators expand their flying skills, NIFA allows these pilots to further their careers by networking with industry officials and demonstrating their willingness and ability to go above and beyond the regular curriculum.
The organization has grown over the decades, and now select members of NIFA attend the Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON). This year, SAFECON 2023 will be held in May in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
In May 2022, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott won the NIFA SAFECON national championship for the second consecutive year at the Ohio State University Airport (KOSU). The win marked the 14th time the school won the top title.
Following the SAFECON 2022-23 regional competition season, NIFA announced it is inviting the following colleges and universities to compete at the National SAFECON 2023:
United States Air Force Academy
Utah State University
Metro State University of Denver
Aims Community College
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Prescott
California Aeronautical University
San Jose State University
Western Michigan University
Ohio State University
Kent State University
Oklahoma State University
Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Louisiana Tech University
University of North Dakota
University of Nebraska – Omaha
Minnesota State University – Mankato
Kansas State University
University of Central Missouri
Bridgewater State University
United States Military Academy
Southern Illinois University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona
Polk State College
United States Naval Academy