Pasco, WA (PRWEB) June 02, 2014
Local pilot Marjy Leggett will serve as co-pilot to Betty Lee Longstaff as they soar across the country in a small aircraft competing in the 2014 Air Race Classic (ARC) this summer which begins June 16th in Concord, California and spans over 2,338 nautical miles.
Racers will undergo briefings, flight planning, and fly-by study prior to take off. The race is an annual all female pilot air race in which pilots race against their own best speed in the small airplane of their choice. There are, however, limitations: the aircraft must be “stock” models (no experimental) and have their handicap speed identified with a checkpilot. They will zoom through ten intermediate stops in four days enroute to New Cumberland, Pennsylvania in the quest for the fastest time.
This is the third Air Race Classic for Marjy Leggett, a small airplane private pilot with 813 hours in her logbook. The ARC carries on the long tradition of women’s air racing that dates back to 1929. Air racing became popular in the 1920’s, but women pilots were forbidden to race against the men in that era, so the ladies started their own. This year’s ARC will have fifty teams and over one hundred female pilots compete for the championship title. “The ARC provides the opportunity to see new territory that I wouldn't ordinarily see and to challenge and stretch my abilities through mountain flying, windy conditions or whatever I may encounter. Best of all, it's a chance to meet other amazing women pilots,” said Marjy. “I love aviation… I've been flying for 30 years and because I rent, have flown 16 different types of aircraft.”