Joyce's Air Race Adventure 2013

by joyce@idpa.com 10. June 2013 22:01
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Well, it’s that time of year again for Joyce’s annual mecca in an airplane.  I’m really not very good at writing about myself.  I’d much rather talk about all the good works the Tiger Teams are doing or how IDPA is growing, but I realize that people like to know that I’m human too and have interests outside of IDPA.

As many of you know, this is my 4th year in the Women’s Air Race Classic (www.airraceclassic.org).  I got my pilot’s license in 2007 and in 2010 competed in my first race.  This is what used to be known as the women’s Powder Puff Derby.  It’s generally about a 2300 mile cross country rally race with airplanes.  We’re all handicapped based on the planes that we’re flying.  It’s open to all aircraft under 600 horsepower that are normally aspirated, meaning non-turbocharged.  And it’s all women pilots and crew. 

Interesting enough is the fact that just like in the shooting sports, only about 6% of the competitors are women.  Just as in IDPA, we only have about 6% of the membership that are women, only 6% of the pilot population are women as well.  My race partner this year is an incredibly dynamic lady in the aviation industry.  She not only flies little single engine planes but also flies big turbine helicopters and jets.  She’s flown this race the last two years and she and her partner won last year.  Dianna gives new meaning to the title Aviatrix.

Tomorrow is the day that I leave the ranch.  We’re flying back down to her ranch in Port Lavaca, TX.  On Wednesday, we’re picking up an Angel Flight patient to fly to Kansas City.  Angel Flight is an organization that pairs private pilots with patients that need to get somewhere.  Dianna has been an Angel Flight pilot for many years and it on their Board of Directors.  She recently encouraged me to join the organization to help with their missions.   I whole heartedly accepted.  This will be my first official mission even though we’ve actually flown a couple of patients before this. 

From there, we’ll make our way to the race start in Pasco, WA.  It’s a long way over some pretty steep mountains, the Rocky’s.  Our race starts there and winds as follows:

 

We’re ending in Fayetteville, AR, just an hour west of IDPA Headquarters.  If you’re in the area, come see us.  The race officially starts on June 18 and we should be in Fayetteville either the 20th or 21st.  I’ll try to keep you posted as we get closer.

Our team website is www.XXtremeAviatrixx.com and you can even like us on Facebook.  I’ll keep ya posted!

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