Community Event - Niagara - 2019 Air Race Classic Soars to Niagara!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 01/18/2019 - 18:40
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  This 43RD Annual Air Race Classic marks an unprecedented year for aviation enthusiasts, as it’s the first Air Race Classic, ARC finishing in Ontario at the Niagara Central Dorothy Rungeling Airport  NCDRA in Pelham on June 21st.  Up to 55 teams of women pilots will test their flying knowledge and skills travelling more than 2,400 miles.  Starting June 18th, the pilots will leave Jackson, Tennessee, veering  south to Georgia, and westward to Arkansas, before heading north through Minnesota and crossing into Canada through Sault Ste. Marie before landing at the NCDRA.  The race team with the best handicapped time wins.    What makes this event unique? This prestigious racing competition ends in Ontario for the first time in history, which is where all the main celebrations are held.  Registration for this auspicious event opened January 2nd, and the 2019 Air Race Classic terminus committee are encouraging Canadian teams to compete. The prestigious event costs $590 U.S. to enter, and covers terminus costs in Niagara.   Registration closes March 31st, and interested persons are asked to visit our website www.centralairport.comfor more information on being a participant. All racers must have at least 100 hours as a pilot in command, and either the pilot or the co-pilot  must have at least 500 hours as a pilot-in command, or a current instrument rating. Sometimes there are three persons in a team. Many of the pilots are involved in aviation schools and courses, and there are several throughout Ontario.   ARC’s board of directors and volunteers are, “Thrilled to be celebrating 90 years of women's air racing,” said Lara Gaerte, president of the U.S.-based ARC.  “The women who fly the ARC are as bold and tenacious as the pioneering pilots, who competed in the original 1929 Women's Air Derby. We look forward to welcoming back veteran racers, and meeting new competitors at the 43rd Air Race Classic.” The race will officially begin at the McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport  on June 18thwith teams departing 30 seconds apart, and the faster planes quickly leading the journey.  At each of the nine en route stops, teams will execute high-speed flybys over a timing line, that monitors them as they race against the clock.  They may also land to refresh or refuel.  Prior to the race, each plane, depending on its engine-size, performance power and speed is given a handicap, so pilots are racing and challenging their own best time. This also creates alevel playing field, so slower planes can equally compete against faster aircraft. Teams have to strategize during the race,  and consider the atmospheric and geographic elements, in order to beat their handicap by the greatest margin.  Official standings aren't determined until after the last team has crossed the finish line, and the judging is completed. The last arrival at the terminus may, in fact, be the winner, noted Gaerte. “Competing in a handicapped race is safe, because planes aren’t interfereing with each other or zooming acros the finish line,” said Peter Van Caulart, Co-Chair for 2019 Air Race Classic Terminus Committee.  “The race tests the quality of the teams’ skill level, and also gives them the air miles they need to pursue aviation careers, especially for the larger commercial airlines.”  “Winning the Air Race Classic is definitely a feather in anyone’s cap,” he said.    On June 22nd, the public is invited following this year’s judging, to a posthumous plaque unveiling in  honour of our local pioneer in aviation, Dorothy Rungeling, our airport’s namesake.  The local chapter of The Ninety-Nines, an international organization of women pilots, is also making a dedication for its Compass Rose Project at this time.  Demonstrations by Skydive Niagara, career booths on aviation,a meet and greet with the racers, as well as other family-oriented and educational activities will be held on the grounds of the NCDRA.  There will also be a Fly Market with local vendors. On Sunday evening, there will be  a special dinner and awards banquet. Prizes for the ARC 2019 include: medallions, trophies and cash awards of $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000 for the three best scores.  The next day, the pilots depart en mass to return home.  The event is expected to generate a $650,000 impact on the local economy as hotels, local restaurants, shops and entertainment spots will be frequented by the pilots, and their families visiting Niagara from the U.S., many of them for the first time. Historically, the air race classic dates back 90 years to the 1929 Women’s Air Derby, which had female pilots, which included renowned pilot, Amelia Earhart,  flying from Santa Monica, California to Cleveland, Ohio. The event was so successful it became a tradition. To date,  women are still under-represented in many  aviation jobs and careers, and we look forward to promoting aviation to women and youth at the event through demonstrations and exhibits.  The Air Race Classic is the epicenter of women racing, and a non-profit organization in the U.S.  The 2019 ARC terminus is supported by a fundraising committee of local volunteers. The local committee has to fundraise approximately $40,000 for hosting this event, and is looking for sponsors, contributors and volunteers. Anyone interested in being a part of  this exciting event can visit our websites:   The NCDRA is funded by the municipalities of Welland,  Pelham, Port Colborne and Wainfleet, and a board of municipal councillors make-up the airport commission.  Within the next few weeks, Van Caulart’s goal is to address all four municipal councils to ask for funding to assist  with the event.  To date, and in tribute to the event,  the Town of Pelham has declared  June 19th to 24rth Air Race Classic Week; and Wainfleet council stated it will be doing the same in May. The NCDRA dates back to World War II, when thousands of airports were set up across Canada as a part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.  Since then, many of these  airports have deteriorated and were torn down. Niagara area residents  are fortunate to still have this  historical site, which has since expanded. The 2019 Air Race Classic will also give area residents an opportunity to celebrate this enduring landmark and achievement.  For any questions or concerns, please call me in reference to this event at (905) 892-1154, or email: Sincerely, Peter Van Caulart, Co-Chair,  2019 Air Race Classic Terminus Committee.                                                                                                                                                                                                      
Niagara Central Dorothy Rungeling Airport
435 River Rd.,
L3B 5N6
Pelham, Ontario

Community Event - Muskoka - Community Information Session

Submitted by mcandelaria on Fri, 01/18/2019 - 16:33
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The District of Muskoka, the Town of Huntsville, the Huntsville BIA and the Huntsville / Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce are all working together to help make sure these important and necessary capital projects have the best outcomes for our residents, businesses, visitors and other community stakeholders. Community Information Session Details:  Join us to learn about the capital infrastructure projects planned for Huntsville and how you can be involved! Wednesday, February 6, 2019 6:00-8:00 p.m., Partners Hall - Algonquin Theatre, Town of Huntsville.  RSVP: For additional information or for special accommodation please contact: Quinn Michell: (705) 645-6764 x4322 or
Algonquin Theatre
37 Main St E
P1H 1A1

Community Event - Windsor/Leamington - Breakfast at RCL Branch 594

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 01/18/2019 - 12:48
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All you can eat breakfast including scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, home fried, toast, pancakes and coffee/tea/juice on January 20 from 9am to noon at RCL Branch 594, 5030 Howard Avenue.
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 594
5030 Howard Avenue
N9A 6Z6
Tecumseh, Ontario