Technical Requirements

Will your team make history as the first electric aircraft to fly across the globe from London to Darwin?

The Great Air Race provides corporations, aviation enthusiasts and pilots in Australia and around the world with a unique opportunity to get involved in a modern-day adventure and become a part of history!

The flight will take place in late 2019, and the flight plan will largely follow the original route taken by pioneering aviators Ross and Keith Smith a century ago in their epic journey of 1919. Albeit with some deviations to take modern realities into account.

To mark a century of aviation innovation, and in recognition of the new challenges facing our planet, entries for the Great Air Race (to be held in late 2019) will be restricted to electrically powered and innovative, highly efficient aircraft.  These will be divided into four classes:

Battery electric
Hydrogen fuel-cell electric
Hybrid combustion-engine electric
Efficiency class

Class I. Battery Electric

  • Aircraft must be exclusively electrically powered.
  • From the beginning of the take-off roll, during flight and until the aircraft comes to rest after landing, all energy must be supplied exclusively from onboard batteries, wind-driven turbines/propellers and/or solar cells.

Class II. Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Electric

  • Aircraft must be exclusively electrically powered.
  • From the beginning of the take-off roll, during flight and until the aircraft comes to rest after landing, all energy must be supplied exclusively from onboard batteries, wind-driven turbines/propellers, solar cells and hydrogen.

Class III. Hybrid Combustion-Engine Electric

  • Aircraft must be exclusively electrically powered.
  • Only series hybrids are permitted. There must be no mechanical drive of any kind from the combustion engine to the propeller or propulsion turbine.
  • From the beginning of the take-off roll, during flight and until the aircraft comes to rest after landing, all energy must be supplied exclusively from on-board batteries, wind-driven turbines/propellers, solar cells and the declared fuel.

Class IV. Efficiency Class

  • Aircraft may be of any design, including purely combustion engine driven, and hybrid aircraft of any configuration.
  • The winner’s score will be calculated from a combination of flight time and fuel consumption (formula TBA).

Additional Information

Aircraft may be of any airworthy design, size and construction. In order to be accepted as an entry, teams must demonstrate that the aircraft has received the necessary Permit to Fly and that the pilot(s) have the necessary qualifications and experience in that particular aircraft.

Prior to any entry being accepted, additional information will be required on the achieved performance of the aircraft.
Additional technical requirements will be advised in due course.

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