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EAA AirVenture Cup Race Applications Now Available

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    AirVenture Cup race participants affix race numbers to a wing during the 2014 event.
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    A Long-EZ (left) and VariEze from the AirVenture Cup Race Sprint class.

April 1, 2015 - Applications to enter the 2015 EAA AirVenture Cup Race are now available online, race organizers announced this week. The 18th annual AirVenture Cup Cross-Country Air Race is scheduled for Sunday, July 19, with the starting line in Mount Vernon, Illinois, and the finish line in Wausau, Wisconsin. Pilots interested in participating in this year’s event are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

The start of the race will conclude a weekend of aviation activities at Mount Vernon Outland Airport beginning on Friday, July 17, when pilots will arrive from around the country for Media Day. On Saturday, AirVenture Cup participants and the airport will host an open house and EAA Young Eagles rally, allowing young people age 8-17 their first flight experience in a general aviation airplane.

The EAA AirVenture Cup Race provides pilots and aircraft builders 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.

The first race was conducted in 1998 with 10 experimental airplanes flying from Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, to Oshkosh. This year more than 50 aircraft are expected to participate in the 400-plus nautical mile race, with most flying on to Wittman Regional Airport for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015.

The 2015 race will launch Sunday, July 19, at 9:30 a.m. CDT. The AirVenture Cup Race is a timed race, with participants competing against the clock. Aircraft and pilots are divided into categories based on their certification, landing gear configuration, and engine size. Each class has first-, second-, and third-place awards. All event activities are subject to the weather.

To learn more about the race, to access a race application, or to learn more about sponsorship opportunities visit the EAA AirVenture Cup Race website.  

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