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The Great Australian Air Rally 2011 - GAAR 2011


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Andrew Godden (Bluegrass Airlines), the organiser of GAAR 2011, has published the final results. Here's how Team Mutley performed:

GAAR Leg List, Pilots, PIREP's and Scores:

1. Gold Coast YBCG to Chinchilla YCCA..........176 nm RWY 14/32 1073m x 18m asphalt......Dai.........Completed.....75.79 min...Score...99.18

2. Chinchilla YCCA to Bundaberg YBUD...........234 nm RWY 14/32 1633 x 30m asphalt........Joe.........Completed.....97.33 min...Score...97.47

3. Bundaberg YBUD to Lady Elliot Island LYT....187 nm RWY 09/27 575m x 12m coral...........Dai........Completed.....78.23 min...Score...96.75

4. Lady Elliot I LYT to Hamilton Island YBHM....316 nm RWY 14/32 1767m x 90m asphalt......Joe........Completed....127.63 min...Score...92.30

5. Hamilton I YBHM to Alpha YAPH.................237 nm RWY 18/36 1463m x 30m asphalt.......Rob.......Completed.....98.00 min...Score...96.96

6. Alpha YAPH to Winton YWTN.....................220 nm RWY 14/32 1405m x 30m asphalt.......John......Completed.....92.30 min...Score...96.35

7. Winton TWTN to Lavarack YLVK................. 334 nm RWY 09/27 579m x 18m grass...........Rob.......Completes....147.36 min...score...98.76

8. Lavarack YLVK to Chillagoe YCGO..............236 nm RWY 17/35 981m x 18m asphalt.........E.J........Completed.....83.29 min...Score...82.74

9. Chillagoe YCGO to Lizard I. YLZI..................313 nm RWY 11/29 926m x 15m asphalt........Kieran....Completed...135.44 min...Score...98.81

10 Lizard I YLZI to Cairns Intl YBCS.................134 nm RWY 12/30 927m x 18m asphalt........Kieran....Completed....58.50 min...Score...95.48

Team Mutley Final Score : 95.77. We were placed 81st out of 115 starters and receive a Bronze Award.

That's a really great team effort - thanks to Joe, John, Rob, E.J. and Kieran - Well Done Lads!!

And a Big Cheer to Tim, who made 28th with a score of 99.16 - Gold Award - Excellent Stuff Tim!! :clapping:

When the dust has settled, Rob and I will let you all know about our own up-coming Air Rally. It'll be a bit shorter and based in the U.K., so keep your eye peeled. :whis:

Cheers - Dai. :cool:

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I couldn't help noticing that first and second places went to the same person... (obviously someone with too much time on their hands - it was hard enough getting one plane all the way round let alone two or more! And to think the old rallies had 40+ legs and went well into a second month...) Anyway, well done chaps: It was fun! :icon_thumbup:

Now, UK rally. Were you aware of the RW "Around Britain Air Rally" that took place in, I think, 2004? The web site for it is long gone, but there are still traces of it around the web...

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It was fun; I just wish I knew how to make my time/score better.

Practice, mainly, and being aware of the wind. That's where flying the whole rally has an advantage. My first few scores were comparatively poor, but they got better as the rally progressed.

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