First awarded in 1929, the Loening Trophy is presented to the team who, during the last year, has displayed outstanding competition performance, air safety, and active participation in aviation in their local community. All member schools in good standing are eligible.
American Airlines Safety Award
A panel of judges will interview each team’s safety officer to review their team’s procedures and methods of promoting aviation safety. The team that has demonstrated the safest practices during SAFECON and the past year is presented with this award.
Collegiate Aviation Progress Award
This award recognizes the team that has made the greatest improvements in the last year. A judging committee evaluates each team, taking into account the team’s performance, safety, membership, aircraft operations and extracurricular activities.
Coach of the Year Award
This award is presented to the coach that has demonstrated the best qualities in coaching, support, and leadership. Team members nominate the coach they feel best meets these criteria.
Men's Achievement Award
Male competitors are interviewed by a board that examines their academic accomplishments, community service, and aviation involvement.
Women's Achievement Award
Female competitors are interviewed by a board that examines their academic accomplishments, community service, and aviation involvement.
Competition Safety Award
This award is presented to the team displaying the highest degree of safety during the week of competition. Teams are judged on their ability to maintain a safe environment while handling aircraft as well as their professionalism and behavior.