12th running of the AirVenture Cup Race is planned for Sunday, July 26, as
nine classes of amateur-built category take off from Wright Brothers
Airport (MGY) in Dayton, Ohio, in a beat-the-clock dash to AirVenture
Race Chairman Eric Whyte, EAA 357260,
explained that the race began alternating between Mitchell, South Dakota
and Dayton last year. "That mixes things up from year to year for the
pilots," he said. "We were very well received in Mitchell, and
plan to start from there in even years, and from Dayton during the odd
Founded in 1998, the race is open to all
private pilots of aircraft certificated in the amateur-built category. A
current medical certificate is required. The race begins at MGY, and then
heads to two pylon turns in Illinois; the first at Kankakee Airport (IKK),
and the second at Freeport (FEP). For there it's on to the finish line at
the Quad Graphics Airport in Lomira, Wisconsin, before re-assembling at
Fond du Lac for a group flight to OSH.
Whyte expects decent participation at this
year's event. "We have a dedicated core group that will participate -
people plan for this, plan to attend and participate in this event,"
he said. "The economy and fuel prices of course will play roles, but
AirVenture and the AirVenture Cup seem to always be the last thing to get
scratched off the 'can't-do' list."
Whyte has been told that people in the City
of Sterling Heights, Illinois (near Freeport) are attempting to organize
spectators to visit the airport for aircraft fly-bys at the second pylon
The Sportsman/Sprint category this year
will feature aircraft with VW and Corvair conversions and will be allowed
a no-penalty pit stop There are currently no plans for new classes. (See
all the categories on the AirVenture
Cup Race website.)
The registration forms for the 2009
AirVenture Cup Race will be hosted online at www.airventurecup.com.
They are expected to be posted soon, so those planning to partake are
asked to visit the website frequently in the coming weeks.