Friday, June 24, 2016

Update 6/24

We made it to Daytona!! The last few days have been crazy. This has been an amazing experience and we wouldn't trade it for the world. The results of the race come out Sunday, meanwhile we'll be on the beach!
We want to thank several people from UND who volunteered their time to the Air Race this year! These incredible people would wake up at the crack of dawn with us to review the weather and give us updates throughout the day. They are an amazing group with incredible skill and we were lucky that they helped us out. 
In order from left to right are:
Andrea Neumann, PhD Graduate Student & Research Assistant
Brooke Hagenhoff, MS Graduate Student & Research Assistant
Brianna Kump, MS Graduate Student & Research Assistant
Tyrus Skaer, MS Graduate Student & Research Assistant
Fred Remer, Associate Professor & Forecast Team Leader
Not pictured: Joel Siegel, International Flight Coordinator, and Meteorologist at Rockwell Collins

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Update 6/23

The girls made it from Illinois to Tennessee and decided to spend the night in Murfreesboro. 

When they were in Midland Texas a UND alum, Aaron Easton, took these amazing pictures of Sioux 78.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Update 6/22

The Frozen Force landed in Urbana-Champaign where they'll spend the night. They were rocking their awesome polos compliments of Rockwell Collins. We are so thankful for all the encouragement everyone from that company gives. Joel, a UND alum who works for Rockwell Collins, is on our forecasting team. He is one of our biggest supporters and we are lucky to have him on our team!

Update 6/22

Racer 8 in Arkadelphia! Follow us:

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Update 6/21- Evening

After a long day of flying the girls ended up staying in Midland, TX for the night. They made it safely and decided not to press on to Waco just to be sure they maintain Day VFR per the race rules.

Update 6/21 Midday

Okay Everyone! Here we go!

It's been an exciting last 24 hours. At around 7:00 PM, a micro-burst hit the Prescott airport. A representative from each team was called out to inspect the aircraft. Luckily, we only needed to fix our tail tie down hook. It's been repaired, paperwork complete, and we are ready to race!
This morning we had our final safety briefing, checked the route one last time, and packed up the airplane.
A little before 2pm we reached stop one, cleaned the airplane, took a break and off we go again! 

Race Day!

The countdown is at zero and race day is here!! Our Frozen Force is scheduled to depart in half an hour.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Update 6/20

The last 2 days have been long, full days. Sioux 78 (N678ND) got cleared to race and we've been in briefings ever since. We've met so many awesome fellow female aviators and can't wait to share the sky. We are so proud and thankful to be a part of this amazing aviation tradition.