/// FRESH OFF THE PRESS /// PRNewsWire > DUBLIN, OH – Officials from the Guinness Book of World Records arrived today at the scene of the 2013 NIFA SAFECON event. Their arrival, the first time the Guinness Book staff has been to a SAFECON, leaves not only NIFA but the competitors in shock. “Surely, my message drop skills are bar none, but I’m not sure they’re world-record worthy,” a competitor told PGNN. “I mean, what record are we going for here? World’s worst guy to girl ratio?”
NIFA’s Press Department was busy highlighting the arrival of the Guinness Book staff to the sponsors and team advisors during their morning briefings. “I don’t want to alarm anyone, but something big just came to this event, and we’re not sure exactly what it is, but we’re asking for everyone’s support in welcoming the Guinness Book of World Records staff with open arms and big smiles,” said NIFA Marketing Director Todd Abrams. “We’re not sure what records we’re going for here, but this could be the biggest news to NIFA since the development of the ‘Wally Stick’.”
PGNN has spoken with Mark Hathingsway, the Guinness spokesperson on the scene at SAFECON, regarding their arrival. “While we can’t make anything official until the awards banquet, we believe that the 2013 SAFECON is home to the world’s largest collection of Citizen EcoDrive Skyhawk watches with E6B bezels. So far, we’ve seen a good number of these timepieces, but we’re not going to count them until the banquet. We figure most people might forego the crowd-favorite timepiece until a more formal setting. That, and we’ve heard locally-famous Wendy’s is catering the event, and we’re huge Baconator fans.”
The Skyhawk, Citizen’s latest entry into the pilot watch world, comes from a formidable history of chronographs. The Navihawk, the predecessor to the Skyhawk, set the standard in pilot watches by not only incorporating the ability to display “zulu time” (a time standard favored by aeronautical professionals), but it also contained an E6B, or an aviation slide rule, along the bezel of the watch. “The E6B started out as a joke,” says Heinz Zimmerman, chief engineer at Citizen. “My boss Jens came to me with at the time we all thought was a stupid idea to put a calculator on a watch. Little did he know our little joke became the foundation for a legacy of pilot chronographs that many attempt to imitate, yet never master.”
“I’ve had my Skyhawk since my first flight in a Skyhawk,” explains Golden Eagles Flight Team Coach Alex Tamsing. “A wise airline captain once told me that all I needed to succeed in aviation was a huge watch, these aviator sunglasses, and a cunning memory of all the lines from the movie Top Gun.” The Skyhawk line continues to exceed consumer demands by not only integrating Citizen’s innovative Ecodrive solar powered technologies, but also the latest in atomic timekeeping protocols, making the Skyhawk the most technologically advanced timepiece in it’s class. “Plus, it helps with the ladies,” says Tamsing. Other Golden Eagles team members were quick to say the contrary in regards to Tamsing’s ability to win over the opposite sex with such an impressive chronograph. “It’s no Breitling,” said coach Chris Dolly.
The Guinness Book staff were also going to comment on a record-potential number of Top Gun references, but due to the latest litigation between Paramount Pictures and NIFA, refuse to bring up the alleged record. “We’re not here to interfere with on-going litigation,” says Hathingsway. “Too bad too. Would have been an easy record for sure.”