Applications to enter the 2023 EAA AirVenture Cup Race – the 25th edition of the cross-country flight event – are now available online. The annual AirVenture Cup begins at 9 a.m. CDT on Sunday, July 23, when more than 70 aircraft are expected to travel the course of over 400 nautical miles. The round-robin course starts and ends in Wausau, Wisconsin.
The race concludes a weekend of aviation activities at Wausau Downtown Airport, the starting point of the air race. Many participants travel on to the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh at the conclusion of the race.
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 in 1998 started in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, with 10 aircraft and has grown to be the major aviation event it is today, drawing thousands of spectators.
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 weather dependent.
Interested participants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. To learn more about the race and to access a race application, visit the EAA AirVenture Cup Race website at AirVentureCupRace.com.