May 8, 2013 - EAA AirVenture Cup Race officials announced a new starting point - Mount Vernon (Illinois) Airport (MVN) - for the 2013 AirVenture Cup Race, scheduled for Sunday, July 28. Also announced this week was the addition of several new aircraft classes to allow even more aviators to participate in this fun competition prior to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013.
This year's course will include two turn points, and end at Waupaca Municipal Airport (PCZ) about 30 miles northwest of Oshkosh. Along with the numerous experimental amateur-built race classes (there were 11 in 2012), the several new race classes include production aircraft, vintage airplanes, and warbirds. Pilots interested competing this year can fill out a race application on the AirVenture Cup Race website, available beginning Monday, May 13. Deadline for submitting a race application is July 1.
The EAA AirVenture Cup Race provides builders and pilots an opportunity to race their aircraft in a safe and fun environment, all while promoting aviation in and over the communities where the races are held. Mount Vernon Airport officials expressed interest in hosting the race earlier this year. MVN is also home to the annual Midwest LSA Expo and is well-equipped to serve the needs of the race staff and pilots.
The AirVenture Cup Race is a timed race in which participants are competing against the clock. For 2013, each aircraft's time will be recorded beginning on its takeoff from MVN and at each turn point. To finish the race, each aircraft will fly over PCZ to obtain its finish time before circling to land. Each class has first, second, and third place awards.
In addition, the race staff is currently seeking out sponsors to support this year's race. 2013 marks the race's 16th year, with past flying courses that ranged anywhere from 400 miles to 750 miles cross-country toward Oshkosh in advance of EAA AirVenture. The first race in 1998 started in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, with 10 aircraft. Several of them have participated in the EAA AirVenture Cup Race ever since.
In 2012, the race started in Mitchell, South Dakota, with more than 50 aircraft participating. On the day before last year's race, volunteers and race participants partnered with the Mitchell Airport to host an open house, during which more than 250 Young Eagles rides were given.
To learn more about the race and available sponsorship opportunities, contact Kandi Spangler at firstname.lastname@example.org.