As in 1919, our competitors will depart from London, and travel roughly 18,000km around the globe, before landing in Darwin with the eyes of the world upon them.
Due to take place in late 2019, the route will stay as true as possible to that travelled by the famous 1919 Great Air Race pilots. However, geopolitical changes since 1919 mean that some modification to that original route will be needed. In addition to minimising flight legs over difficult terrain such as water, mountains and jungles, modern aviation regulations now mean that restricted airspace must be avoided.
Most countries also require that aircraft arrive and depart only from “Ports of Entry” — further constraining the route. Nevertheless, the challenges our pilots will face will be very similar to those faced by the pioneer aviators – ocean crossings, vast featureless deserts, and the ever-present uncertainty of the weather.
The purpose of the Great Air Race is to demonstrate the practicality of electric flight and to highlight the best designs, by means of rigorously measured performance criteria in a fair competition. To simplify logistics arrangements, some lay-days, staging of flight legs and defined stop-overs will be required. In-order to be accepted as an entry, teams must nominate their aircraft for one of four classes, which can be viewed by clicking through to the Technical Requirements.
The 2019 course is under development, however, the intention is to follow the original route as closely as possible, subject to receiving all approvals and permits