Air Race Classic takes off June 16

Buchanan Field Airport in Concord, Calif., will be the start of this year’s Air Race Classic (ARC), which spans over 2,338 nautical miles.

The 2014 Air Race Classic will be held June 16-19. Racers will zoom through 10 intermediate stops in four days enroute New Cumberland, Pa., in the quest for the fastest time.

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Deadline approaching to register for Air Race Classic

Entries for the 2013 Air Race Classic started coming in at noon on Jan. 2, when entries for this year’s race were opened. Over the past two months, 80% of the available racer slots have been claimed. Entries will be accepted until April 1, but the opportunity may not last that long, if all 55 race team slots are filled before then.

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Texas duo win Air Race Classic

More than 100 air race pilots competing in the 36th annual Air Race Classic descended on the Clermont County/Sporty’s Airport late last month, after flying a 2,330 nm cross-country course in four days. Starting on June 19, the racers left Lake Havasu, Arizona, on a course that would take them east, north, and finally southeast to Sporty’s.

The first racers began to arrive early on Friday, June 23, and continued streaming in throughout the day, Sporty’s officials report. The winning team, based on fastest handicapped speed, was Dianna Stanger of Fort Lavaca, Texas, and Victoria Holt of Belton, Texas, who flew a Cirrus SR-22.

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Air Race Classic lands at Sporty’s

More than 100 air race pilots competing in the 36th annual Air Race Classic descended on the Clermont County/Sporty’s Airport in Ohio last week, after flying a 2,330 nm cross-country course in four days. Starting on June 19, the aircraft left Lake Havasu, Arizona, on a course that would take them east, north, and finally southeast to Sporty’s.

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Air Race Classic takes off today

The Air Race Classic takes off today, with 49 teams departing Lake Havasu City, Arizona. According to a story at the HavasuNews.com, the racers have eight airports that they must either land at or fly over before reaching their final destination in Batavia in southern Ohio at Sporty‘s headquarters.

SunState provides plane for Air Race Classic

Kissimmee Gateway Airport’s (ISM) aviation business, SunState Aviation, will provide an airplane for the 2012 Air Race Classic (ARC). Flying for TeamUp, pilot Leah Dunn and co-pilot Joan Evert will use SunState’s plane to compete in the 2,681-mile, cross-country race, starting in Arizona and ending in Ohio.

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Know when to crow

To at least some degree we pilot types have gotten a bad rap. More often than not I find that we’re characterized as whiners, babies, rich guys who want everybody else in town to pay for their playthings. And while I disagree entirely with that perspective, I can completely understand how we came to earn the reputation.

The non-pilot community only hears about the pilot community when we want something. They rarely hear about Young Eagle flights, Angel Flights, or any of the other altruistic, supportive things we do in our communities. Pilots only make the paper when we want something, or when we make a deep impact in the earth. In either case, the slant the public sees in the news is not in our favor.

In order to be truly successful in the long term, you have to know how to crow when the time is right. And the time is right for every airport, and every pilot at some point. So sing the praises of your home field when you can. Promote the accomplishments of your fellow pilots. Make the papers and spread the word. Aviation has an up side that everyone can enjoy, even from the safety and security of their breakfast table.

Michelle Bostick, (left) and Jo Alcorn (right) accept well wishes from student pilot Madie Beckett as they prepare to participate in the 2010 Air Race Classic in their C-172 dubbed City of Winter Haven."Photo by Joy Townsend

The latest crowing I got to do was just this morning, when the city commissioners, city manager, airport manager, and a solid selection of my municipality’s management staff made their way to good ‘ol Gilbert Field to send off two sharp dressed women in bright pink shirts to battle their way through four days of hard flying as competitors in the 2010 Air Race Classic. [Read more...]

Air Race Classic celebrates 80 years

routemapWomen pilots will gather in Denver June 23 to continue what was started in 1929, when 20 women pilots, including Amelia Earhart, made history by entering a transcontinental air race from Santa Monica, Calif., to Cleveland, Ohio.

Over the years, the race, dubbed the “Powder Puff Derby” by Will Rogers, has evolved into the Air Race Classic. Today, it is the only all-women transcontinental air race. Year after year, women come to test their skills as pilots. Participants come from a wide variety of backgrounds, universities and careers, with ages ranging from 18 to 90.

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