The Air Race Classic, the annual all-women cross-country airplane race, reports that LiveATC.net, a website that streams air-traffic communications from all over the world, will present live broadcasts of racers at the start and end of the race, as well as all flyby locations for the next three years.
LiveATC.net will put listeners in the cockpit of the Air Race Classic (ARC) race planes, as they hear the racers maneuver for position, line up for flybys, execute high-speed low passes over each timing line, and then either zoom off to the next stop or stop the clock, cool their engines down and land for fuel and a well-needed rest.
“LiveATC’s air traffic control monitoring will give Air Race Classic racers, their fans and their supporters a great way to follow them during the race, in real time,” said ARC President Lara Gaerte.
“LiveATC.net is pleased to sponsor Air Race Classic and bring live over-the-air radio calls from race pilots to a global audience,” said founder Dave Pascoe. “As a pilot myself, I believe strongly in the ARC mission and am excited that we can leverage our global ATC monitoring technology to help bring attention to the race. ARC continues a long tradition of women’s air racing, and we’re excited to be a part of it.”
More than 100 women pilots every year compete in the Air Race Classic, which this year will be hosted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Teams of two or three will depart from Prescott, Ariz., on June 21, racing against their own best time as they fly a course that will take them to Albuquerque, N.M.; Midland, Texas; Waco, Texas; Arkadelphia, Ark; Warrensburg, Mo.; Champaign/Urbana, Ill.; Murfreesboro, Tenn.; and Americus, Ga., before landing in Daytona Beach, Florida, by June 24.
At each location, LiveATC.net will beam live audio of the racers’ communications with air-traffic control, the timers on the ground and one another to a global audience of pilots, aviation enthusiasts, family and friends.