2016 ISU Air Race Classic Team

2016 ISU Air Race Classic Team

From Melanie Abel

Lydia, Kayleigh, and MiJin will be participating in the 2016 Air Race Classic. Please help us raise money for registration fees, team preparation, travel expenses, the airplane, etc.

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The Air Race Classic is an annual transcontinental air race for female pilots. Race routes are approximately 2,400 statute miles in length, and the contestants are usually given four days, flying VFR in daylight hours, to reach the terminus. Each plane is assigned a handicap speed – and the goal is to have the actual ground speed be as far over the handicap speed as possible. The pilots are thus given the leeway to play the elements, holding out for better weather, winds, etc. The objective is to fly the “perfect” cross-country. 

The 2016 Indiana State University (ISU) Air Race Classic Team consists of Lydia Kost, Kayleigh Bordner, and MiJin Kim. On June 21-24, they'll be flying across the United States - Prescott, AZ to Daytona Beach, FL - covering 2,719 statute miles.

Areas that require money include: airplane and team preparation; Race Registration; Start Registration; Terminus Registration; transportation to the Start; four days of Race expenses; and transportation home from the Race.

Flying and competing in the Air Race Classic is a unique opportunity, especially for college students. Collegiate teams have the chance to meet and network with other women pilots and to make contacts all around the country. The Air Race Classic experience not only improves piloting skills, but can enhance employment searches after graduation.

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