...The Little Engine that Could
Air Race Classic...The Adventure Begins
Thank you for visiting my website and for your consideration to donate to my ARC adventure.
One never does feel quite ready or qualified in a true adventure. ARC was a personal pilgrimage to reclaim aviation in my life. In addition, I reclaim the best parts of me to give back to my family, friends, work, and community.
When I first saw the announcement for ARC, it became a call to adventure and a challenge to my spirit. It came at perfect time in my life and a means to aid me personally to move past some difficult times. It became my way to show that I won't allow anything to curb my passion. Everyone has a sad tale. I refuse to let mine define me.
You can read about the adventure in my blog above as I traveled from Idaho to Illinois. Tales of wonder were plenty. I played checkers with Tropical Storm Bill, sat out five tornadoes, coped with high crosswind landings, flew 3-5 miles visibility in haze, a "good" day of flying in the midwest and east, and was checkmated in Bloomington, IL to fly home solo when partner left for a death in her family. We never know the outcome of adventures but the learning is rich no matter. Accepting learning curves means we are still alive and kicking.
Now home again, eventually the phone will ring. It always does. I'll pick up...and be off again to answer yet another call to adventure.
Christina Tindle, LPC
Team Air Hearts
About the Air Race Classic
The Air Race Classic traces its roots to the 1929 Women’s Air Derby in which Amelia Earhart and 19 other daring female pilots flew from Santa Monica, California to Cleveland, Ohio. That contest marked the beginning of women's air racing in the United States.
Today the Air Race Classic is the epicenter of women’s air racing. Pilots range in age from 17 to 90 years and come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Race teams, consisting of at least two women pilots, must fly VFR during daylight hours only and are given four days to make flybys at each en route timing point and then land at the terminus.
The race routes change each year and are about 2,400 statute miles in length. Each plane is flown in race configuration to determine its handicap speed – and the challenge for each race team is to achieve actual ground speeds as far over the handicap speed as possible.
The pilots strategize to play the elements, holding out for better weather, winds, etc. The official standings are not known until the final entrant has crossed the finish line. Indeed, the last arrival at the terminus can be the winner!
Entrant aircrafts are stock or minimally modified airplanes, certified in normal or utility category with normally aspirated engines of not less than 100 horsepower nor more than 600 horsepower, rated for continuous maximum operation and handicapped accordingly. Here's Christina's Racer Pacer for 2015 Team Air Hearts. Follow along on Christina's cross-country flights, the race itself, and the solo venture back to Idaho from Alabama with this page's blog. Comments are encouraged!.
Christina Tindle, LPC
Counselor, Life Coach, Adventurer,
Backcountry Pilot, Author