Cross-Country Course Covers 450 Miles
Race officials for the 2012 EAA AirVenture Cup race have
finalized the race course for this year’s cross-country race,
scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 22, 2012 in advance of EAA
AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI.
This year’s race will commence in Mitchell, SD (KMHE) and
end in West Bend, WI (KETB), with checkpoints in Sheldon, IA (KSHL)
and Pocahontas, IA (KPOH), totaling 450 miles. The race will have
11 classes of homebuilt aircraft, some of which reach speeds of 400
mph. The competition is a timed race, meaning that each aircraft
will take-off individually and fly in pursuit of the best time. The
times are used to determine final race results.
Cross country air racing has a long history in the U.S.,
starting in the early 1920s, and has been credited with many
advances in aviation technology, speed and reliability of engines.
The organization’s goal is to combine aviation history with
innovation, new technologies and individual craftsmanship into one
high-octane, fun-filled race that participants and spectators alike
“This is truly a grass-roots aviation event,” said
Eric Whyte, the race’s chairman. “The event keeps
cross-country air racing alive and lets younger generations
experience a piece of aviation history.”
Upon completion of the July 22 race in West Bend, the aircraft
will depart for Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, where they are
scheduled for a mass arrival that afternoon. The awards banquet
will be held later that evening when the winners will be announced.
The race aircraft will be on display for the remainder of the week
in the homebuilt parking area just north of the new International
Aerobatic Club building on the AirVenture grounds.
EAA says there are several sponsorships opportunities still
available, and all donations are tax-deductible.