Aeia, HI (PRWEB) June 02, 2014
Local pilot, Carly Namihira will soar across the country in her small aircraft as her team competes 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 plane of their choice. There are, however, limitations: the aircraft must be “stock” models (no experimental) and have their handicap speed identified with a check pilot. They will zoom through ten intermediate stops in four days en route to New Cumberland, Pennsylvania in the quest for the fastest time.
This is the first Air Race Classic for Carly Namihira, who is a student at the University of North Dakota a small airplane pilot with 184 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. “It will be a great learning experience, promoting females in aviation through a fun, competitive atmosphere,” Carly says of her upcoming flight in the ARC.