Archerfield Airport Corporation



Archerfield Airport Corporation (AAC) is proudly supporting the Outback Air Race in its role as the departure point for the 2018 event.

AAC will provide airport access and parking for competitors, as well as hosting a pre-start function for teams and their families on Sunday August 19.

Just 11km from the CBD, Archerfield Airport is Brisbane’s corporate, aeromedical/emergency services and general aviation hub. It carries the largest number of general aviation movements of any Queensland airport; it operates 24/7 all year, no curfew or restrictions, in controlled airspace 7am to 5pm. Fuel is also available 24 hours a day.

Two sealed (10/28) and two unsealed (04/22) runways facilitate fixed and rotary wing operations. Modern Fixed Base Operations provide excellent aviation services including aircraft management and hangarage.

The airport has easy accessibility to city and fringe business areas, commercial precincts, hospitals/health facilities, university and educational centres, training and transport hubs.  It is ‘home’ to QGAir/Rescue 500, PolAir, LifeFlight, Aviall/Boeing, Qld Fire & Emergency Services Air Operations, Basair, Flight One, Gil Layts, Archerfield Jet Base plus training, maintenance, sales and a full complement of aviation businesses.    

Recharge Petroleum - Offer to become “Official Fuel Supplier to OAR2018”


We have had an offer from Recharge Petroleum to become the “Official Fuel Supplier to OAR2018”
The details of the offer are:

  • Teams sign up for a Recharge Petroleum BP Card.
  • Teams will receive (attributed to their fundraising totals) 8c/l between now and the end of the event.  This will boost the teams fundraising, but won’t save you any money on fuel, BUT….
  • For teams that already receive a discount off bowser price on their BP card, Recharge Petroleum will honour that, but subtract that from the 8cpl donation calculation. E.g. if you get 2c/l discount, Recharge will preserve that discount, but their donation to the RFDS will be reduced by that 2c/l, to 8-2 = 6c/l.
  • ALSO, Recharge Petroleum will donate $250/team that use the carnet to the max extent possible during the actual race.
  • Teams that rent aircraft on a wet basis will need to lobby the aircraft operator / owner to see if they accept to use the Recharge card instead of the carnet the operator, presumably provides to the hirer of the a/c; or change to a dry hire basis etc.
  • It doesn’t matter if you already have a BP Carnet.  If you order and use a Recharge Petroleum BP card, you’ll still have your original card, so you will have 2 cards. Just use the Recharge Petroleum BP Card until OAR2018 is over, then you can choose to give it back, or hang on to it.
  • If all teams takes up the offer, OAR gets well over $10,000 (maybe $15 or $20k)

This offer is open to anyone, not just participating aircraft, so if your friends sign up for a Recharge Petroleum BP Card (and associate it with your team), your team will receive the 8c/l fundraising contribution.  Please forward this email onto anyone you know that might be interested in supporting your teams fundraising efforts. 

There is two links associated with this offer:

  1. The Offer from Recharge Petoleum
  2. Recharge AirBP Locations 

Anyone interested in taking up the offer above should complete the form on the link above.

If you are accepting this offer, or have any question about it, please contact Ed Jones on:



Chinwags are an update session held prior to the Race.  They provide an opportunity for the committee to update participants on planning details for the event, answer participants questions and provide general information to the event that will be usefull later on.  Topics that were discussed last event included topics such as likely weather conditions (by Aviation Forcaster from the BOM), update on the RFDS, tips and hints of Aerial photography and discussion of aircraft maintenance by the race LAME.

Time to finalise team members

As Team nominations have now closed, all teams that have been advised of their acceptance into the Outback Air Race 2018, need to:

  • Finalise team members name(s).  Please complete  the Team Member Entry Form and pay the registration fee as soon as possible.

  • Email "Team Bios and Photos" that will be used to setup your team webpage.

  • If you would like to, update their EDH.

Should teams have any questions or need any assistance, please fee free to send us an email.


Team Entries CLOSED

We have had a massive response to the call for entrants to participant in the Outback Air Race 2018, in support of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia.

We have accepted nominations for 41 aircraft (up from 27 last event) and reached our accommodation constraint of 100, which is about 30 more people than the 2015 event.

Team Entries are now CLOSED.

Any Teams wishing to enter the race from now, will be required to join our Waitlist to fill any positions vacated should a team have to withdraw before the event starts.


If you have any questions about the waitlist, please contact us here.

We thank all the team that have entered to date, as well as anyone joining the Waitlist.

More supporters join the Outback Air Race 2018

The Outback Air Race 2018 would like the thank another two supporters that are lending their assistance to this event.  


Following the success of their involvement in the Outback Air Race 2015, Avplan efb are back.  Again for 2018, AvSoft HQ is equipping the race participants with AvPlan EFB on their iPads to ensure they are fully equipped with the most up-to-date electronic flight bag on the market.

AvPlan EFB is a multi-award winning electronic flight bag (EFB) for Apple and Android devices.
From local VFR recreational aviation through to professional IFR charter and global airline operations, AvPlan EFB has been designed to simplify your flying by using the portability, effortlessness and processing capability of your iPhone™ or iPad™.
Continuing to lead the market with unparalleled innovation and functionality, AvPlan EFB features multiple Australian firsts with terrain warning, touch to display restricted airspace status, automatic IFR airway planning and geo-referenced airport taxi & instrument approach diagrams to arm you with superior situational awareness.
Envisioned, developed and rigorously tested by Australian pilots for Australian pilots, AvPlan EFB integrates everything you need to prepare, plan and execute your flight – whether it be in a recreational aircraft, corporate jet or something in between.
AVPlan EFB is proud to be involved in the Outback Air Race and wishes clear skies and tailwinds to everyone involved.


Success Print has become a supporter of the Outback Air Race 2018 by their generous support in printing Sponsorship Booklets for the event.

Success Print has all the latest printing equipment including HP Indigo Digital Press. High definition digital colour printing at its best. Success Print can guarantee a first-rate book and brochure printing result in both black and white or colour. Success Print has been in business for over 30 years. They can be relied upon to meet even the tightest deadlines and to print within fast turnaround times.


  • Book Printing – Self Publishing – Digital Books
  • Personalised Photobooks and Calendars
  • High Definition Colour Brochure Printing
  • Colour Magazines and Reports
  • Online Ordering and Warehousing
  • Inventory Management Systems


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 to find out more about this exciting opportunity to support the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

PC-12 Taxing on remote dirt strip

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 ( 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.



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