Strong Finish by Embry-Riddle in Women’s Air Race Classic Competition
Prescott, Ariz./Daytona Beach, Fla., June 29, 2010 -- Two Embry-Riddle flight teams turned in impressive performances in the 34th annual women’s Air Race Classic, a 2,483-mile race that began June 22 in Fort Myers, Fla., and ended June 25 in Frederick, Md., including stops at airports in several cities throughout the central United States.
Out of a field of 51 teams, the team from Embry-Riddle’s Prescott campus took fourth place in the collegiate division, and came in 10th overall. The team was composed of pilots Kim Turrell and Kristen McTee. Turrell is a flight instructor and McTee received the Outstanding Graduate Award during Spring 2010 graduation for achievements in her Aeronautical Science Professional Pilot program.
“They flew their hearts out,” said Prescott team coach Ryan Albrecht. “I found it amazing how much respect the other teams had for them. They really represented our school well.”
The team from Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach campus finished eighth in the collegiate division and 29th overall. Pilots Kim Ewing and Hannah Northern, team coach Carolina Lenz-Anderson, and weather adviser Debbie Schaum constituted the team.
Although the Daytona Beach team did not win a medal this year, both girls were good sports in their congratulation wishes for the Prescott team.
“We would like to congratulate our sister school ERAU Prescott for placing 10th overall. While we were rivals in the race, we had a great time with them this last week and of course are happy to see our university do well,” said Hannah Northern in her Air Race blog.
Both teams flew Cessna 172 single-engine aircraft from Embry-Riddle’s fleet, equipped with the Garmin G1000 glass cockpit.
The Prescott team was supported by Dr. and Mrs. John P. Johnson, Universal Helicopters, Legend Aviation, Cessna, Garmin, West Wind Aviation, Tri-City Mobile Wash, Macayo’s Restaurant, Jeppesen, and the Embry-Riddle Women-in-Aviation Club and Diversity Committee and numerous community partners.
The Daytona Beach team was sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. John P. Johnson, Dr. Richard Heist, Cessna, Aeroshell, Army Aviation Magazine, WxWorx, Clarity Aloft, Aviation Supplies & Academics, and many members of the Embry-Riddle community.
In the Air Race Classic, each aircraft is judged against its own handicapped cruising speed, and the teams must follow the route as closely as possible while improving their average speed. This format focuses on piloting skills and decision-making instead of the speed of the aircraft.
Frank Ayers, Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer of the Prescott campus said, "Both the Prescott and Daytona Beach team's represent the realization of four young lady pilots who had a dream, and acted upon it. Kim Turrell and Kristen McTee, breaking into the top ten against 51 other teams is a testament to their skill as pilots, their mature judgment, and their competitive spirit. These are all the things Embry Riddle Aeronautical University stands for. We are very proud of them. Go Eagles!!"
The competition continues the tradition of women’s transcontinental air racing that began 80 years ago. The Air Race Classic Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing public awareness of general aviation, demonstrating women's roles in aviation, encouraging and educating current and future women pilots, and preserving and promoting the tradition of pioneering women in aviation. For more information, visit www.airraceclassic.org.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, offers more than 30 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business, and Engineering. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Prescott, Ariz., and Daytona Beach, Fla., through the Worldwide Campus at more than 170 campus centers in the United States, Europe, Canada, and the Middle East, and through online learning. For more information, visit www.embryriddle.edu.