Thanks to our Supporters

As the Outback Airrace Race Committee gets ready for the 2018 event, we would like to thank our first three supporters for their ongoing support of the Outback Air Race.  Without their inkind assistance, the event would not be possible, or at least, would not be as successful.

Robert Hind

Robert Hind developed the "AirScore" software specifically for the Outback Air Race (as far back as 1998!) and continues to provide software improvements and support in the lead up to each event.

Robert Hind specialises in programming and spreadsheets for a range of complex tasks as well as high transaction activities. He has developed transport costing and invoicing systems, reconciliation, analytical and mapping tools. Systems developed by Robert are used in conducting business with some of the largest businesses in the world. He aims for high automation, minimum or nil data entry and seamless sharing of data sets across applications. Robert Hind developed the first race scoring software system for the second Outback Air Race. He collaborated with the organisers to select the GPS Data Loggers currently used and generally makes improvements from one Outback Air Race to the next.

Robert is available for new projects and development.

 

MGI Parkinson

MGI Parkinson have provided ongoing financial related support and advice to the Outback Air Race committee and Australian Air Race Events Inc.

With over 50 years' experience and as a fully integrated chartered accounting and business advisory practice, MGI Parkinson provide extensive financial services, specialising in the small to medium enterprise market.

 

Royal Aero Club of Western Australia

Members from the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia founded the original Outback Air Race in conjunction with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (WA Section). The Royal Aero Club of WA continues to support this event through access to the clubs facilities (function rooms) and regulatory support.

Outback Air Race 2018 is seeking Sponsors

Preparations for the 2018 Outback Air Race, in support of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), has begun. The Outback Air Race (OAR) started in 1996 and to date has raised over $2 million for the RFDS. The race occurs every 3 years and involves a series of time trials, challenging the basic navigational and planning skills of the pilots that participate. Generally the OAR sees at least 25 aircraft participating with each team funding their own flights and travel, but more importantly the teams compete to raise funds for the RFDS.

The OAR is a volunteer run event, but cannot happen without the generous support of sponsors. The 2018 OAR is now currently searching for keen sponsors and supporters who would like to have their name aligned with this wonderful event, raising yet more funds for this iconic and most reputable Australian charity, the RFDS.  The OAR receives significant positive exposure with sponsors and supporters receiving measureable marketing benefits via multi media channels, and also through events that are organised in the nine air race destinations across Australia.

There are multiple sponsorship levels, either financial or in-kind, so we encourage you to contact our Sponsorship Coordinator at sponsorship@outbackairrace.com.au to find out more about this exciting opportunity to support the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

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The Outback Air Race 2018 Route and Dates have been announced!

A very exciting update for the Outback Air Race 2018!

The route and the event dates for 2018 have now been finalised. The Race commences in Archerfield (YBAF) on Sunday 19th August and finishes in Broome (YBRM) on 31st August.  

The event will be stopping at Bundaberg (YBUD), Longreach(YLRE), Mount Isa(YBMA), Adels Grove(YALG), Daly Waters (YDLW),  Katherine / Tindal (YPTN), Kununurra (YPKU) and Broome (YBRM).  

Some stops involve 2 nights accommodation. Approximate distance is 2,125nm or 3,940km, over some of the most interesting terrain in Australia.

Each overnight stop will provide a range of accommodation options to suit different tastes and budgets, with a limit of approximately 70 people planned for the event.  Some stop locations will have organised events for participants, while the balance of your time is free to explore or partake in a range of events / tours that will showcase each of the destinations.  

Formal entry nominations will be called soon, but by subscribing to our mailing list via our webpage (www.outbackairrace.com.au) you will be informed once nomination are being taken.

 
Route of the OAR2018

What is the Outback AirRace? What is involved? How does it work?

A video describing what the Outback Airrace is and how the event operates has been released on Youtube

The event is current scheduled from Sunday 19th August until Friday 31st August 2018.  While the 2018 event route is yet to be finalised, we are expecting to start in Archerfield (YBAF) near Brisbane and finish in the ideallic WA coastal city of Broome (YBRM).  The route will take in some of the most iconic and remote locations in Qld, NT and WA.  The trip will be a load of fun and will cover some impressive parts of coastal and central Auatralia.    All in the interest of raising money for the RFDS.

Updates will be made availiable on this website, to anyone subscribed to our mailing list, as well as on the Facebook page.

 

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 info@outbackairrace.com.au 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

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