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.
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.
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.
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...]
Women 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.