San Diego Christian College took second place in the Region II National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) Championships at Prescott, AZ last week. This triumph earns the team a bid to the national collegiate flying championships at Indiana State University, April 30-May 5, 2018.

Of this tremendous accomplishment, senior team captain Andy Grindeland said, “This is the greatest team we’ve ever had. We worked so hard together and it shows in our results.” SDC’s bid to the national championships will be the team’s 9th trip to nationals in 10 years.

“This is the greatest team we’ve ever had. We worked so hard together and it shows in our results.”

Six aviation colleges participated in the week-long contest including the US Air Force Academy, who competes as an out-of-region guest, and who also assists with logistics and judging.

  • San Diego Christian College
  • United States Air Force Academy
  • San Jose State University
  • Mount San Antonio College
  • Orange Coast College
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University


SDC Flight Team placed second in the five precision flying events including power-off and short-field spot landings, navigation, message drop and instrument flying. SDC placed second in seven ground events including aviation knowledge tests, simulator patterns, preflight, Crew Resource Management and safety presentations.

SDC Flight Team scored in the top ten in every category, with highest points coming from Chris Javner and Andy Grindeland’s 2nd and 3rd place consecutive showing in Short-Field Spot landings, and Trevor Gross’ 4th place finish in Power-Off Spot landings. SDC took 4th, 5th, and 6th in Navigation and 5, 6, & 7th places in Message Drop. SDC scored 161 total points.

The SDC Flight Team welcomes contributions from supporters who value strong Christian principles in leadership and flight excellence through competition.

Media requests for information about the SDC Flight Team: Captain Denis Breslin, Flight Team Advisor, San Diego Christian College – 619-980-8941 Contributions to the SDC Flight Team should be directed to San Diego Christian College, Advancement Office, with designation: Flight Team. Or Contact SDC Advancement at 619.344.1268. Information about the National Intercollegiate Flying association is available on the NIFA website.

Chris Javner and Andy Griendland, SDC pilots
SDC flight team scored in the top ten in every category