After sweeping last year’s top spot in the collegiate division and besting 50 teams as No. 1 for the first time in school history, female pilots from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will once again take to the skies to compete in the historic 2017 Women’s Air Race Classic (ARC) beginning June 20 at Frederick, Md., and ending June 23 in Santa Fe, N.M.
Three teams, consisting of two female student pilots and flight instructors each, will represent Embry-Riddle’s residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., will make the more than 2,600-mile air trek across the United States along with nearly 100 women pilots in an air race that traces its roots back to Amelia Earhart.
Embry-Riddle pilots scheduled to participate from the Daytona Beach Campus are Mia Hallgring and Cara Baldwin, who despite having participated in the race five times with her family, will represent Embry-Riddle for the first time. Two Prescott Campus pilots from last year’s competition are returning this year – Hannah Burright and Rachel Hutzell – will be joined by Becca Dooling and Jenn Lowe.
What began in 1929 as the Women's Air Derby is today a women-only race testing piloting skill and aviation decision-making for female pilots of all ages and from all walks of life including university students, commercial airline pilots, former military and aviation enthusiasts.
Representing the Daytona Beach Campus:
Riddle Racer Blue Team #31:
Representing the Prescott Campus:
Gurley Girls #47
Granite Eagles #48
The women were selected for this prestigious competition by Embry-Riddle College of Aviation administrators from each campus on the basis of their piloting skills, their competitive spirit and their knowledge of aviation, safety, navigation, meteorology and crew resource management. All Embry-Riddle teams will fly Cessna 172 aircraft from the university’s fleet.
Embry-Riddle racers have delivered impressive performances in the Air Race Classic over the years. A Daytona Beach team has participated every year since 2007, finishing five times as the No. 1 team in the collegiate division, and finished No. 1 in the overall competition in 2016. Prescott has taken part every year since 2009, ranking as high as No. 2 in the collegiate division and No. 4 in the overall competition.
All teams will be documenting their progress during the ARC on social media. To follow the Prescott Campus teams, visit the Prescott Women's Air Race Classic Group on Facebook, or go to @erauprarc on Instagram. For the Riddle Racers team, go to their Facebook page at facebook.com/riddleracers.
For details on this year’s route, go to airraceclassic.org.
About The Air Race Classic
Air Race Classic Inc. is an all-volunteer, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization with a mission of encouraging and educating current and future female pilots, increasing public awareness of general aviation, demonstrating women's roles in aviation, and preserving and promoting the tradition of pioneering women in aviation. For more information, go to airraceclassic.org.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is a nonprofit, independent institution offering more than 80 baccalaureate, master’s and Ph.D. degree programs in its colleges of Arts & Sciences, Aviation, Business, Engineering and Security & Intelligence. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., through the Worldwide Campus with more than 125 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and through online programs. The university is a major research center, seeking solutions to real-world problems in partnership with the aerospace industry, other universities and government agencies. For more information, visit erau.edu, follow us on Twitter (@EmbryRiddle) and facebook.com/EmbryRiddleUniversity, and find expert videos at YouTube.com/EmbryRiddleUniv.