Registration for the Air Race Classic—the annual all-women’s cross-country air race—opened Jan. 5.
The 2016 event kicks off June 21 in Prescott, Arizona, and concludes June 24 in Daytona Beach, Florida.
The four-day event is flown in daytime VFR conditions in stock aircraft. Routes vary each year and average 2,400 statute miles. The 2016 event has planned stops in Midland, Texas; Waco, Texas; Arkadelphia, Arkansas; Warrensburg, Missouri; Murfreesboro, Tennessee; and Americus, Georgia. Flyby points are in Belen, New Mexico; and Champaign/Urbana, Illinois.
Collegiate teams are expected to be well represented in 2016. The departure and terminus airports are home to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s flight departments, and each of the stops is connected to a college aviation program.
Up to 55 airplanes can register, with teams of two to four pilots each. Registration closes on April 1.
To get started, pilots must request a racer registration kit. To register to learn more, see the Air Race Classic website.
Volunteers are needed at each of the race stops to assist with ramp coordination, driving, registration, and other tasks. Volunteers don’t need to be pilots. Sign up at the website.