Where shall we fly to on the 2018 Outback Air Race?

Last week we held our first meeting to start planning Outback Air Race 2018.  It is planned for late August / early September 2018.

As always, step 1 is deciding the route.  And that’s where you come in.

We know that you fly around this great country of ours like we do, visit cool places and talk to other aviators – so you know stuff – stuff we want to know too!

So please tell us about fantastic places in Australia that you’d really like OAR2018 to visit.

Our plan is to assemble all of those suggestions on a map, and then see what race route or routes may be possible to take in lots of those great places.

You can submit as many suggested destinations as you like – the more the better (so long as they’re awesome places).

Basic info we want from you are:
 - Name of the place, and which state is it in
 - Why you like it and what’s to do or see there
 - Confirmation that it can accommodate 50 people minimum (and please give an estimate of about how many actually could be accommodated there)
 - Confirmation that it has good parking at the airport for a minimum of 20 aircraft
 - Confirmation that Avgas available there, or at least nearby 

To get you warmed up, here’s a few links to browse for inspiration:

Shelley Ross’ excellent “Flying the Outback" website http://www.flyingtheoutback.com.au/destinations
Air Adventure’s website http://www.airadventure.com.au/
Outback Flying Adventure’s website  http://www.outbackflyingadventures.com.au/
And last but not least, the Outback Air Race’s own website detailing past event itineraries: 1996-2009  2012  2015 

Please email your suggestions to us [email protected] before April 7th2017.  This is your chance to make 2018 just the event you want it to be.

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SOAR2015 Photobook Ready!

Our 2015 Photobook is ready... and it’s worth the wait! Featuring amazing photography from all of our photo contributors and in particular our talented aerial photographers Fiona Hamilton and Mal MacDonald, the 74 page coffee table book will let you show off your journey to friends and family.

Titled ‘above and beyond’, the book recognizes the contribution by each and every participant who made the 2015 race a record-breaker.

We have attached a few sample pages as a taster. The book follows our journey from start to finish, including not only all the people, planes and scenery, but also a few of our favourite poems (well done again John and Daniel!).

We managed to secure a very reasonable price for the books, which cost $75 including postage within Australia. Using the ordering form below you can use your Paypal account, credit card or direct debit.

Of course, they are available for purchase by anyone and not just participants.

If you have any questions please contact us!

The final date for ordering is Sunday March 27th.

 

Mal MacDonald Wins ERSA Competition!

There were some amazing photos taken by participants throughout the event. As with previous races, AirServices agreed to host the Outback Air Race photo competition, where the best participant photo will be published on the cover of the next ERSA. (For the non-pilots, the ERSA is a flight manual used by all pilots and is mandatory to be taken on every flight - so they have a very high circulation).

After the race, participants submitted their three best photos to the committee, who narrowed that list down to three, for final judging of the winner by AirServices.

We are pleased to announce Mal MacDonald’s action photograph of our favorite C180, ex-RFDS aircraft VH-FDH, landing at Davenport Downs will feature on the cover of the May ERSA!

Mal, who also won the 2012 photo competition, had this to say about his win: “Taking part in the 2015 event was a great privilege I was able to share with our many racers, sponsors and supporters. The landscape we flew over was spectacular, giving many of us with cameras a very special opportunity to capture some unique and rare perspectives of the outback. For me, a highlight of the event was Davenport Downs. I was fortunate to capture a couple of very special shots at Davenport including some of VH-FDH with Jan, Penny and Murray on board. With Jan and Penny blessing, I submitted a shot of FDH for the OAR ERSA comp. How delighted I was when I recently heard Air Services decided to place that wonderful aircraft on the cover of ERSA in May. A terrific tribute to the work and sacrifice Jan and Penny have put into many OARs and, of course, a public tribute to the wonderful FDH. I encourage everyone to buy your May ERSA (in good old traditional print version) when it comes out !”

Congratulations to the runners up:

Second place: Racers parked up at Davenport Downs, also shot by Mal

Third place: Stunning costal shot by the Freo Flyers enroute to Forrest

Well done again Mal and thanks everyone for your entries!

All ERSA competition entries can be found on our google drive photo album.

Unpublished TIME covers!

Unpublished TIME covers! Geoff almost makes the cover with "That's not a leg", Mal's shot over Davenport Down...

Posted by Outback Air Race on Monday, December 21, 2015

Event Photos!

Participants have been compiling their best photos to a common Google Drive album over the last few months. With a lot of talent in the group there are some amazing photos - both from the air and on the ground. Click here to have a look!

RFDS WA Facilities Tour

The Royal Flying Doctor Service WA Division opened their doors to participants today, as a thanks for yet another...

Posted by Outback Air Race on Sunday, November 29, 2015

"I'd go with you anywhere" race video

Our race video, put together by Peter Kneale, collating the sights, people and fun we had on our two week adventure.

Photos from Team Bad Mooney Rising

Team Bad Mooney Rising have uploaded photos of their journey to facebook.

Classic Safari Raffle Result

The Classic Safari Raffle was drawn today, Monday 14/09/15, at the RFDS western office, Jandakot. The lucky ticket number was 1413, owned by David Green, who participated in this event in team The Altitude Chasers. David has been notified via mobile phone.

This raffle contributed significantly to the record breaking event fundraising tally. We thank everyone that purchased a ticket and of course our Major Sponsor The Classic Safari Company who donated the major prize!

We will have photographic evidence available shortly!

The Rocketeers race winners!

Congratulations to The Rocketeers, Chris Stevenson and Wayne Ovens, who were announced winners of the 2015 Steadfast Outback Air Race at the Finish Party on Hamilton Island. The Rocketeers were consistent achievers, winning 4 of the 8 legs and regularly scoring in excess of 1,785 points.

Runners up were Race Villians No. 7 (Phil Hines, Jane Crichton) with third place awarded to Bad Mooney Rising (Stuart Payne, Rowan Hill, Peter Kneale).

Well done to the Bald Eagles as well as Bad Mooney Rising for achieving a perfect 0 second time score.

Full race results can be found here: http://www.outbackairrace.com.au/raceresults

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