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ERAU Flight Teams Shine in Women’s Cross-Country Air Race Classic

30 June 2009   Bill Thompson, Director of Public Affairs

Prescott's Embry-Riddle's Women's Flight Team was the highest-scoring first-time team and took second place in the collegiate division. Welcome the returning team at 2 pm today!


The team is currently in Denver and will return today. All are invited to the welcome home celebration when they return to the flight line on Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at approximately 2:00 P.M.

Call dispatch at (928) 777- 4312 for updated arrival time.

Prescott, Ariz./Daytona Beach, Fla., June 29, 2009 – Two Embry-Riddle flight teams turned in praiseworthy performances in the 33rd annual women’s Air Race Classic, a 2,400-mile race that began June 23 in Denver, Colo., and ended June 26 in Atlantic, Iowa, including stops at airports in several cities throughout the central United States.

Out of a field of 32 teams, the team from Embry-Riddle’s Prescott campus was the highest-scoring first-time team, took second place in the collegiate division, and came in sixth overall. The team was composed of pilots Kim Turrell and Jenna Albrecht and alternate pilots Alice Usher and Kristen McTee with assistance from applied meteorology student Laura King.

“We met so many incredible women during this once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Albrecht said. “There was a lot to learn and we had to do it quickly and find solutions to challenges that came up along the way.”

The team from Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach campus finished 10th overall. Pilots Marisha Falk and Hannah Northern, alternate pilot Erica Larsen, team coach Carolina Lenz-Anderson, and operations planner Debbie Schaum constituted the team. This was the third year that a team from the Daytona Beach campus competed; last year’s team finished eighth overall and was named the top collegiate team.

Both Embry-Riddle teams flew Cessna 172 single-engine aircraft from Embry-Riddle’s fleet, equipped with the Garmin G1000 glass cockpit.

In the Air Race Classic, each aircraft is judged against its own handicapped cruising speed, and the teams must follow the route as closely as possible while improving their average speed. This format focuses on piloting skills and decision making instead of the speed of the aircraft.

The Prescott team was sponsored by members of Embry-Riddle’s Prescott campus community, Legend Aviation, Cessna, Garmin, Westwind Aviation, EAA Chapter 658, Jeppesen, the San Diego Air & Space Museum, and numerous community partners.

The Daytona Beach team was sponsored by members of the Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach campus community, Cessna, Island Air Express, SheltAir, Shell Aviation, Clarity Aloft, Aviation Laboratories, the Pilot Zone, WxWorx, Adelaide Shores RV Resort, and Hard Oaks Design Studio.

This year’s event began at Denver Centennial Airport, with the racers flying in daylight hours using visual flight rules. They were timed at airport stops in the cities of Liberal, Kan.; Sweetwater, Texas; Lufkin, Texas; Russellville, Ark.; Grenada, Miss.; Sparta, Tenn.; Jacksonville, Ill.; and Racine, Wis. The competitors had three mandatory overnight stopping points before they completed the race at Atlantic Municipal Airport in Iowa.

The competition continues the tradition of women’s transcontinental air racing that began 80 years ago. The Air Race Classic Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing public awareness of general aviation, demonstrating women's roles in aviation, encouraging and educating current and future women pilots, and preserving and promoting the tradition of pioneering women in aviation. For more information, visit

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, offers more than 30 degree programs in its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business, and Engineering, educating more than 34,000 students annually in undergraduate and graduate programs. Doctoral programs in aviation and in engineering physics are pending approval by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) for the University to offer programs at the doctoral level. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Prescott, Ariz., and Daytona Beach, Fla., through the Worldwide Campus at more than 130 campus centers in the United States, Europe, Canada, and the Middle East, and through online learning. For more information, visit

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