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2017 WOMEN’S AIR RACE CLASSIC

June 20 - 23, 2017

BREAKING NEWS! Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) will be leading the way with a donated Piper Warrior for Captain Judy Rice’s Women of Diversity crew to enter the upcoming 2017 Women’s Air Race Classic competition.

This effort will be piloted by FIT student, Chesapeake Gustin. Co-pilot, Sherisse Pierre, who is from Trinidad and an FIT student, as well. This effort will continue to be led by Captain Judy Rice, Think Global Flight founder. “How wonderful to provide this opportunity to these bright FIT students. Both these young women are perfect examples of what our future holds.”

Air Race Classic encourages and educates current and future women pilots while preserving and promoting the tradition of pioneering women in aviation.

Think Global Flight, a non-profit 501c3 organization, promotes the importance of S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Education and the boundless opportunities in aviation and aerospace industries worldwide. This international in-flight effort cultivated, promoted, and inspired a greater awareness and interest in S.T.E.A.M. for students by way of an around-the-world flight of adventure. 

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PREMIER SPONSORS

Angel City Flyers Flight School, Long Beach, California

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Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) – Electronic & paper charts, iPads, ADS-B, Registration Fees (Pending), Shirts, Operations Counsel, Other as to TBD

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Donated Piper Warrior for Captain Judy Rice’s Women of Diversity crew to enter the upcoming 2017 Women’s Air Race Classic competition.

Ormond Aircraft Brokers
 - Capt Judy support toward Grumman aircraft maintenance for training proficiencies, other as TBD

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WOMEN OF DIVERSITY – Florida Institute of technology, Air Race Classic Collegiate crew

Melbourne, Florida U.S.A., Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) will be leading the way with a donated Piper Warrior for Captain Judy Rice’s Women of Diversity crew to enter the upcoming 2017 Women’s Air Race Classic competition.  

Imediate-release-3-2017.pngThis effort will be piloted by FIT student, Chesapeake Gustin. Co-pilot, Sherisse Pierre, who is from Trinidad and an FIT student, as well.  This effort will continue to be led by Captain Judy Rice, Think Global Flight founder.  “How wonderful to provide this opportunity to these bright FIT students. Both these young women are perfect examples of what our future holds.”  Rice successfully completed a 2-month around the world flight of adventure educating and inspiring more than 20,000 students.  Rice’s 2017 Air Race theme, Women of Diversity, involves an all-female college crew.

Dr. Victoria Dunbar, Associate Dean, comments, “Florida Institute of Technology has long been a supporter of STEM/STEAM initiatives, and we are thrilled to be the major sponsor for Captain Judy and her all female crew for the 2017 Women’s Air Race Classic. Only 6% of all pilots in the United States are female. The College of Aeronautics participates in many events each year that foster females in aviation, in an attempt to increase this number. We are especially excited that our College of Aeronautics students, are joining the race this year. As a previous racer (2007, 2009, and 2011), I know that this is an amazing event to be a part of. Female pilots from all of the United States, as well as some international female pilots, compete in a daytime, VFR race that must be completed in four days. The race route consists of 8-9 airport flybys, which adds up to approximately 2,400 statute miles. Chesapeake will use all of the knowledge and skills that she has learned in the classroom and at the flight line in this historic air race. She’ll also get a chance to meet some wonderful pilots and make lifelong friends.”

In addition, a special learning feature to this team will be providing real-world application to science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) experiences through interactive online quizzes. 

Chesapeake and Sherisse invite all to join-in. These efforts will increase the number of students across the nation, interested in and inspired by aviation and aerospace, especially under-represented groups such as girls and minorities as they follow the Crew on their journey for the race to the finish. 

Think Global Flight is a non-profit 501c3 tax-deductible organization

Contact Captain Judy Rice at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or voice +1-773-456-7851. 
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WOMEN OF DIVERSITY – WITH CAPTAIN JUDY RICE & HER AIR RACE CLASSIC COLLEGIATE CREW 

Long Beach, California, U.S.A., Angle City Flyers, Handicap International, and the ICAO Next Generation of Aviation Professionals (NGAP) have teamed with Florida Institute of Technology, Western Michigan University, and other colleges for the 2017 Women’s Air Race Classic competition.

This effort will be led by Captain Judy Rice, Think Global Flight founder. Rice successfully completed a 2-month around the world flight of adventure educating and inspiring more than 20,000 students. Rice’s 2017 Air Race theme, Women of Diversity, involves an all-female college crew, including co-pilot Chesapeake Gusin. Captain Rice will be piloting the Diamond DA40XL donated by Angel City Flyers. 

Dr. Victoria Dunbar, Associate Dean, comments, “Florida Institute of Technology has long been a supporter of STEM/STEAM initiatives, and we are thrilled to sponsor Captain Judy and her all female crew for the 2017 Women’s Air Race Classic. Only 6% of all pilots in the United States are female. The College of Aeronautics participates in many events each year that foster females in aviation, in an attempt to increase this number. We are especially excited that one of our College of Aeronautics students, Chesapeake Gustin, will be flying as Captain Judy’s co-pilot during the race. As a previous racer (2007, 2009, and 2011), I know that this is an amazing event to be a part of. Female pilots from all of the United States, as well as some international female pilots, compete in a daytime, VFR race that must be completed in four days. The race route consists of 8-9 airport flybys, which adds up to approximately 2,400 statute miles. Chesapeake will use all of the knowledge and skills that she has learned in the classroom and at the flight line in this historic air race. She’ll also get a chance to meet some wonderful pilots and make lifelong friends.” 

In addition, a special learning feature to this team will be providing real-world application to science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) experiences through interactive online quizzes relative to Captain Judy’s aircraft and flight. 

Think Global Flight meets the needs of the teachers and educators through a flexible program with no fee or time requirement for participation. Think Global Flight is comprised of all volunteers, including the flight crew. All tax-deductible donations go toward education or flight support. 

Captain Rice & her Crew invite all to join-in. These efforts will increase the number of students across the nation, interested in and inspired by aviation and aerospace, especially under-represented groups such as girls and minorities as they follow the Crew on their journey for the race to the finish. 

Think Global Flight is a non-profit 501c3 tax-deductible organization 

Rice will be sharing her global flight and upcoming air race at AirVenture on Friday, July 29th, 1:00pm in the EAA Museum, Skyscape Theatre. Information regarding the flight and student participation, contact Captain Judy Rice at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or voice +1-773-456-7851. 

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LEAD ADVISORS:
Captain Judy Rice, Think Global Flight - BIO
Victoria Dunbar, Florida Institute of Technology, Associate Dean - BIO

PILOT IN COMMAND - Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) Flight Student – Chesapeake Gustin - BIO

SECOND IN COMMAND - Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) Flight Student Sherisse Pierre - BIO

GROUND CREW

  • WEATHER - Ashley Allen, NOAA Weather Services - BIO
  • LOGISTICS - Diana Lesueur, Ninety Nines Organization - BIO
  • OPERATIONS - Jessica Cox, CEO Jessica Cox Motivational Services - BIO
  • ADMINISTRATIVE - Meredith Edwards, Angel City Flyers, Admin Staff - BIO
  • ADMINISTRATIVE - Lauren Canfield, Angel City Flyers, Admin Staff - BIO
  • ADVISOR - Tammera Holmes, AeroStar Consulting Corporation, President & CEO – BIO
  • HONORARY ADVISOR - Fred Nauer, Thunderbird Aviation Lead Flight Instructor, Think Global Flight Navigator - BIO

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