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2017 WOMEN’S AIR RACE CLASSIC

June 20 - 23, 2017

We are excited to have you join Captain Judy & her Crew on the 2017 Women’s Air Race Classic! Check in regularly for more interactive, educational activities involving you and Captain Judy’s Race for the Finish!

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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CLICK HERE for Captain Judy’s Women Air Race Classic Curricula 

PREMIER SPONSORS

Angel City Flyers Flight School, Long Beach, California – Diamond DA40 aircraft and Training

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

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CLICK HERE FOR CAPTAIN JUDY RICE’S AIR RACE CLASSIC AIRCRAFT

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Angel City Flyer’s DIAMOND DA40 - CLICK HERE FOR INFO

Diamond DA40 Manual - DOWNLOAD

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Only normally aspirated, piston-powered airplanes are allowed in the Air Race Classic Competition Class

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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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July 19, 2016:  WOMEN OF DIVERSITY – with Captain Judy Rice & her Air Race Classic Collegiate crew

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Angle City Flyers and Handicap International have teamed with Florida Institute of Technology (FIT), Western Michigan University (WMU), 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. In 2015, 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 collegiate crew, including co-pilot Chesapeake Gustin, FIT flight student. Captain Rice will be piloting the Diamond DA40XL donated by Angel City Flyers. 

Rice’s programs has received acknowledgements from both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) real-world application learning. 

James Brough, FAA National STEM AVSED Program Manager, comments to Rice on her efforts, “Through your Think Global Flight initiative you were able to reach over 20,000 students across the globe and not only introduce them to the wonders and value of STEM skills, but served as an ambassador for the aviation community. Your passion and dedication to the future of aviation and STEM education are to be commended. You have been, and continue to be, an inspiration to us all.” 

In addition, Anthony Fowler, DOE Director of Interagency Affairs, expands on Brough’s comments, “I have been following Think Global Flight since its inception and I am amazed by their vision and tenacity. Through global strife and uncertainty, Think Global Flight has served as an education ambassador, introducing Aviation, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to students across the globe. Using technology, they have connected students with similar interests virtually, creating a network of aviation enthusiasts who are STEM Savvy. 

Having labored long and hard in promoting math and science education, I can say that, through experience, nothing inspires students more than someone who sets and example. Aviators such as Judy Rice have been doing this for generations. One can only hope that Think Global Flight will generate the next generation of aviators, scientists and mathematicians. I wish Judy and her team continued success. May generous donors continue to support them and may students continue to look to the skies!” 

An exciting learning feature to Rice’s Air Race Classic is the real-world application to science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) experiences through interactive online courses relative to Captain Judy’s aircraft, crew, and flight. 

The no-cost, interactive, multi-media, online program, called YouthWINGS, is based on the FAA WINGS program with event-based activities designed to introduce young people to a wide variety of aviation, space, and career experiences. Courses are appropriate for the student, parent, and educator. A certificate of accomplishment is available for print after completion of each lesson. Share, participate, and earn your certificate on courses currently at: https://livestream.com/YouthWINGS

Think Global Flight meets the needs of the teachers and educators through a flexible program with no costs or time requirement for participation. Think Global Flight is comprised of all volunteers, including the flight crew and Captain Rice. All tax-deductible donations go toward education or flight support, including purchases from Captain Judy’s Store at: http://www.captainjudystore.com

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. All donations are recognized and appreciated. 

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.
, voice +1-773-456-7851 

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PILOT IN COMMAND: WOMEN’S AIR RACE CLASSIC, 2017 – Captain Judy Rice, Think Global Flight - BIO

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

GROUND CREW

  • WEATHER - Ashley Allen, NOAA Weather Services - BIO
  • DISPATCH - Amanda Marie Zeeb - BIO
  • LOGISTICS - Diana Lesueur, Ninety Nines Organization - BIO
  • NAVIGATION - Phoebe Weiman, Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) Flight Student – BIO
  • OPERATIONS - Jessica Cox, CEO Jessica Cox Motivational Services - BIO
  • PROCEDURES - TBD Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) & Western Michigan University Students (WMU)
  • TRAINING - Valerie Hallet, Angel City Flyers, Certified Flight Instructor - BIO
  • ADMINISTRATIVE - Meredith Edwards, Angel City Flyers, Admin Staff - BIO
  • ADMINISTRATIVE - Lauren Canfield, Angel City Flyers, Admin Staff - BIO
  • ADVISOR - Victoria Dunbar, Florida Institute of Technology, Associate Dean - 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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