Female pilots from Nashville take to the skies in 43rd annual Air Race Classic

Nashville Flight Training’s Team #51 – Sky Climbers (l to r, Paige and Mariah)

Two young women pilots will take off on the adventure of a lifetime this Friday, June 14, as they head to Jackson, Tenn., for the start of the 43rd annual Air Race Classic (ARC), the oldest airplane race of its kind.

Pilots Mariah Ferber and Paige Kessler, flying for Nashville Flight Training, won First Place in the 2018 Air Race Classic. The team flew their Cessna 172 to victory based on the handicap speed assigned to their make and model aircraft.

This year they’re team #51, the Sky Climbers, taking the same aircraft and following the race route from Jackson to Welland, Ontario, along with nearly 50 teams from across the country.

“Meeting all these female pilots inspired me to further my career,” Kessler said. “It gave me a push to keep going no matter how difficult it was. And now, just a year later, I’m a CFI (certified flight instructor) teaching people to fly!”

“Something I didn’t expect to come out of last year’s race was the connection to the history of women in aviation,” Ferber said. “It really fueled this whole other passion for me to learn more and appreciate all the work that it took previous generations to enable us as women to be pilots.”

The team credits good communication and safety as the secret to their success. They said that, if one was flying the airplane, the other was focused on communicating on the radio and navigating, making sure to stay clear of other aircraft on their route.

Nashville Flight Training’s team is sponsored by Signature Flight Support BNA, Dare to Fly Fashion and Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co.

Those interested in following along with the team can visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/AirRaceClassicNashville.

About the Race
Starting on Tuesday, June 18, nearly 50 small airplanes will launch full throttle, 30 seconds apart, down the runway at McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport in Jackson. From there, they will embark on an international course that will take them 2,538 miles to Welland, Ontario, in just four days.

Teams will face unfamiliar terrain and challenging weather as they put their piloting skills to the test, flying at maximum speed across nine states and one province, from the home of rockabilly and the blues in the American South across Midwestern farmlands, northward around the Great Lakes and across southern Ontario, ending near Niagara Falls. At each stop along the way, they will execute a high-speed low pass across a timing line, racing to reach the Terminus, Niagara Central Dorothy Rungeling Airport in Welland — named in honor of one of Canada’s legendary aviatrixes — by the arrival deadline at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 21.

The nine intermediate stops are LaGrange, Ga.; Hattiesburg, Miss.; Bryant, Ark.; Lee’s Summit, Mo.; Fairmont, Minn.; Wausau, Wis.; Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario; North Bay, Ontario; and Brantford, Ontario.

The Air Race Classic traces its roots to the 1929 Women’s Air Derby, aka the Powder Puff Derby, in which Amelia Earhart and 19 other daring female pilots raced from Santa Monica, California, to Cleveland, Ohio. This year’s ARC celebrates the 90th anniversary of that historic competition, which marked the beginning of women’s air racing in the United States. Today, the ARC is the epicenter of women’s air racing, the ultimate test of piloting skill and aviation decision-making for female pilots of all ages and from all walks of life.

This year’s racers range from college students to a veteran competitor in her 90s. Some are flying the ARC for the first time, while others have dozens of races in their logbooks. Each race plane carries a team of two or three women: pilot, copilot and an optional teammate. The 2019 ARC is truly an international event — racers hail from 31 states and 1 province, and were born in or are citizens of the U.S., Canada, Britain, Fiji, France, Indonesia, Norway and South Korea. Of the 49 teams in this year’s race, 17 are representing colleges or universities. On two of the teams, family members are racing together, and there are two military teams.

How long it will take each team to finish the race depends on the weather, the pilot’s strategy and the speed of the airplane. The fastest planes may complete the course in two days, while the slowest aircraft may take all four days. But because the ARC is a handicap race, teams are racing against their own best time, not against one another. This allows slower planes to compete against faster aircraft on an equal basis.

Official standings aren’t determined until after the last team crosses the finish line – the last arrival at the Terminus may, in fact, be the winner!

ARC fans can follow the racers’ progress on airraceclassic.org.

About Nashville Flight Training
Established in 2010, Nashville Flight Training provides affordable flight instruction from award winning, FAA-certified instructors and offers state-of-the-art equipment. The flight training facility is based at the Nashville International Airport. More information is available at www.nashvilleflighttraining.com.

About the Air Race Classic
Air Race Classic Inc. is an all-volunteer, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization with a mission of encouraging and educating current and future female pilots, increasing public awareness of general aviation, demonstrating women’s roles in aviation, and preserving and promoting the tradition of pioneering women in aviation. For more information, visit airraceclassic.org.

OPEN HOUSE (May 14th, 2019) – Learn to Fly Month

May is Learn-To-Fly Month, and Nashville Flight Training has your ticket to an exciting career in aviation! Take flight into this high-paying, in-demand job market. Financing options are available, so it’s easy to get started and train at your own pace.

Discover how at Nashville Flight Training’s Open House, Tuesday, May 14th, from 6 to 8 p.m. Tour the facilities, meet experienced pilots or fly in our world-class simulator.

Refreshments included. Bring a friend with you!

RSVP optional (via Meetup)»

www.nashvilleflighttraining.com

Air Race Classic Team Sponsorship

Nashville Flight Training’s team won 1ST PLACE in last year’s Air Race Classic – our first time to compete. This year, we’re offering a unique opportunity for companies, organizations and individuals to sponsor our 2019 team. So get ready to fly with us!

What Is the Air Race Classic?
More than 100 women pilots will take off on the adventure of a lifetime when the flag drops to mark the start of the 43rd annual Air Race Classic, an annual all-female aviation event stretching 2,500 miles across 11 states and provinces, June 18 – 21. The race begins in Jackson, Tenn., and ends in Welland, Ontario.

Why Sponsor Nashville Flight Training’s Team?
Last year our team (Mariah and Paige, right) flew a Cessna 172R to a 1ST PLACE victory! Sponsorship provides exposure to an audience of wide-ranging demographics and interests, most of whom are high-income earners. Publicity and media attention surrounding our team’s win helped raise awareness and brand recognition for both our flight school and those who supported us. See below for more details on sponsorship levels and benefits.

For more information, or to sponsor Nashville Flight Training’s Air Race Classic team, email jeffk@NashvilleFlightTraining.com or call (615) 478-0267.

Download the sponsorship form»


SPONSORSHIP LEVELS & BENEFITS

Platinum – $5,000

Approximate value: $7,871

All Gold and Silver level benefits, plus:

  • Promotional email to Nashville Flight Training (NFT) customer database, via NFT
  • Promotional materials distributed and/or signage displayed at all NFT programs and events
  • Direct customer access at one NFT program or event
  • Four (total) vouchers for 30-minute Discovery Flight over Nashville
  • One annual pass to all NFT ground school programs
  • One complimentary item (maximum $30 value) from NFT pilot shop
  • Four hours (total) of flight simulator time

Gold – $2,500

Approximate value: $3,043

All Silver level benefits, plus:

  • Logo on race team airplane
  • Promotional materials distributed and/or signage displayed at Nashville Flight Training (NFT) summer camp
  • Two (total) vouchers for 30-minute Discovery Flight over Nashville
  • One hour of flight simulator time
  • One NFT T-shirt

Silver – $1,000

Approximate value: $1,539

  • Promotional materials on display at Nashville Flight Training (NFT)
  • Logo on NFT race team web page
  • Mention(s) on digital/social media
  • Mention(s) in media materials
  • One voucher for 30-minute Discovery Flight over Nashville

SPONSORSHIP DEADLINE: APRIL 30, 2019

For more information, or to sponsor Nashville Flight Training’s Air Race Classic team, email jeffk@NashvilleFlightTraining.com or call (615) 478-0267.


“I’m proud to be part of this historic race, which highlights the achievements of women in aviation and inspires a new generation of pilots.” —Mariah Ferber, co-pilot of Nashville Flight Training’s team, 1st Place Winner of the 2018 Air Race Classic


NFT supports the Air Race Classic because it is an all-volunteer, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with a mission of encouraging and educating current and future female pilots, increasing public awareness of general aviation, demonstrating women’s roles in aviation, and preserving and promoting the tradition of pioneering women in aviation. The race traces its roots to the 1929 Women’s Air Derby, in which Amelia Earhart and 19 other daring female pilots raced from Santa Monica, Calif., to Cleveland, Ohio. That contest, aka the Powder Puff Derby, marked the beginning of women’s air racing in the United States.

About Nashville Flight Training
Established in 2010, Nashville Flight Training provides affordable flight instruction from award winning, FAA-certified instructors and offers state-of-the-art equipment. The flight training facility is based at the Nashville International Airport.

Transition Training

Transition Training

Transition Training

Topic: Proper Transitioning Training for Reducing Loss of Control Accidents
Date and Time: Tuesday, January 15, 2019, starting at 19:00 Central Standard Time Download Calendar File
Speaker(s): Bob Hill

 

 

Brief Description:

Please join your friends at Nashville Flight Training in welcoming FAA Safety Team Program Mgr., Bob Hill, as we discuss the importance of being thoroughly familiar with each aircraft we fly, including: systems, emergency procedures, speeds, power settings, and normal configurations.

One of the most overlooked factors that pilots neglect is thorough Transition Training.  Transition training is essential to ensure the highest level of safety and will greatly reduce the number of aircraft incidents and accidents caused by loss of control.

Let’s face it – we all want to get the best performance out of our flying machines and ourselves. Moreover, we want to do it safely.

Location of Seminar:
Nashville Flight Training – Nashville International Airport
801 Hangar Lane
Hangar #7
Nashville, TN 37217
Directions to Venue:

Please use the available map link.

View Map

Seating: 60 seats at the facility, 50 remaining for online registration.
Registration Information:
Sponsoring Division: Tennessee FAASTeam

 

Contact Information:
Nashville Flight Training
Phone: (615) 366-9192
info@nashvilleflighttraining.com

 

Additional Event Information & Acknowledgement of Industry Sponsor(s):

You are cordially invited to join the fun and discussion with Bob and your good friends at Nashville Flight Training. Please visit www.nashvilleflighttraining.com  Or give them a call, for more information.

‘What about Bob’ (in three sentences)….

Bob has flown over 120 types of aircraft in his career and is ATP rated in all four classes of airplanes. He holds ten type ratings in large aircraft, and is rated to instruct in single and multiengine airplanes, instrument airplane, and gliders. He is nationally known for having operated numerous WWII airplanes for many years.

One of the most overlooked factors that pilots neglect is thorough Transition Training. Transition training is essential to ensure the highest level of safety and will greatly reduce the number of aircraft incidents and accidents caused by loss of control.

Believe it or not, whether a pilot is transitioning from lower performance aircraft to higher performance aircraft or from higher performance aircraft to lower performance aircraft, the training can be just as challenging.  Stepping down is as important as stepping up.  Let’s face it – we all want to get the best performance out of our flying machines and ourselves. Moreover, we want to do it safely.

Special gratitude is expressed to the good folks at Nashville Flight Training for their hospitality.

Equal Access Information:
The FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) is committed to providing equal access to this meeting/event for all participants. If you need alternative formats or services because of a disability, please communicate your request as soon as possible with the person in the “Contact Information” area of the meeting/event notice. Note that two weeks is usually required to arrange services.
Credit Applicability:
Basic WINGS
1 Credit for Basic Knowledge Topic 3
Advanced WINGS
1 Credit for Advanced Knowledge Topic 2

Nashville Flight Training to host ‘Missions Day’

Free event showcases the work of aid groups that fly into remote areas around the globe

The challenge of flying into the world’s most remote airstrips and villages is not for the faint of heart. But those who do this dangerous work say “flying for a purpose” far outweighs the risks.

Nashville Flight Training’s 3rd annual Missions Day provides an opportunity for the public to learn more about organizations that deliver international aid in hard-to-reach places. The free event takes place Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to noon. More information is available at www.NashvilleFlightTraining.com/news.

Participating organizations include:

  • Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF)
  • Service Oriented Aviation Readiness (S.O.A.R.)
  • Missionary Flights International (MFI)
  • Ethnos360 Aviation (formerly New Tribes Mission Aviation)
  • Jungle Aviation and Radio Service (JAARS)
  • Agape Flights
  • Missionary Maintenance Services (MMS)
  • Moody Aviation

“Experienced pilots have many unique opportunities to fly around the world as their ‘calling,’ to use their skills for a higher purpose,” said Chris Erlanson, president of Nashville Flight Training. “That’s why we’re always happy to partner with various mission organizations who bring hope, help and a message to places near and far.”

From a grass airstrip in Mozambique to a mountainous landing zone in Papua New Guinea, many residents depend solely on aviation for their life-link to the outside world. These organizations support indigenous churches, enable access to medical care, provide disaster relief, and make community development projects possible.

“If you’re interested in how you can connect with these groups on the frontlines of delivering aid, this is the perfect opportunity to learn more and get involved. There’s always a need for folks to join in with these efforts,” Erlanson said.

About Nashville Flight Training

Established in 2010, Nashville Flight Training provides affordable flight instruction from award winning, FAA-certified instructors and offers state-of-the-art equipment. The flight training facility is based at the Nashville International Airport, 801 Hangar Lane. More information is available at www.nashvilleflighttraining.com.

Air Race Classic podcast

Nashville Flight Training team wins national all-female air race on first try

This summer, pilots Mariah Ferber and Paige Kessler, flying for Nashville Flight Training, won the 2018 Air Race Classic, an annual all-female aviation event stretching across 2,600 miles and 10 states over four days.

The team flew their Cessna 172R to victory based on the handicap speed assigned to their make and model aircraft. Mariah and Paige finished the race with an elapsed time of 5 hours, 50 minutes and 24.382 seconds. Their speed of 154.148 mph beat their handicap by 11.197 mph.

Mariah recently sat down with Mike Harris, chief pilot and host of the “Why We Fly” podcast, to talk about the team’s recent victory and how they beat the odds to win on their first outing. Following are excerpts from the interview:

About the race…

The Air Race Classic is a VFR-only daytime race. Before the race begins, you fly a rectangular pattern and get your best airspeed. Then you’re racing against yourself, trying to get the best tailwinds to beat your speed. That’s how the points work. Sometimes the last person to finish can actually win the race.

The way you beat your own time is to find the best tailwinds. That includes picking the best altitudes, trying to wait and get the best day to fly versus flying on a day where there are headwinds.

About the aircraft…

We flew a Cessna 172 provided by Nashville Flight Training – 180 horsepower with just a six-pack [instrument panel] and Garmin GDL. So we had a GPS that was just for reference, and we used the iPad with ADS-B.

We didn’t know this beforehand, but Paige ended up flying a little more than I did because she’s going through instrument training, and her touch was a lot better than mine. She was holding her heading to within 2-3 degrees and her altitude within 10-20 feet. Then I’d get the controls and I’d be 50 feet and 10 degrees off. She was my private pilot student – here I am, an instructor with more hours, and my prior student is showing me up. Some aircraft had autopilot, so they had that advantage, but we were [hand-flying] the whole time.

Leading up to the race…

Paige received her Private Pilot’s License in February, so I asked if she wanted to fly the Air Race with me. She said yes, so I said, ‘Good, you need to go get 100 hours of PIC [pilot in command] time.’ So I was constantly texting her before the race asking, ‘Have you flown lately? How much have you flown? How close are you?’ So I basically dragged her into this, and now we’ve both caught the fever.

Highlights of the race…

One of the biggest highlights of the race was that you’re with so many other women pilots. In aviation right now in the United States, women pilots make up only about 6% [of the workforce]. So when we went, I was just amazed by all these really cool women. We met an older woman who had 25 patents and had won an Edison award. We got to meet Gene Nora [Jessen] who was one of the Mercury 13.

Our original goal was to place in the top 25. We made Nashville Flight Training proud. Everybody showed so much love afterward – on Facebook, texting us, saying, ‘Congrats girls, so proud of you.’

What’s next…

After winning the Air Race Classic, it really opened my mind up to doing so much more in aviation. I’d like to try aerobatics. I’d like to get my tailwheel endorsement. I’d like to fly my own aircraft outside the U.S., maybe the Bahamas or Canada, which is where the Air Race is going next year.

If you’re out there and wanting to get your license, don’t stop. Keep going. Get through that first solo, do your solo cross-country, get your private pilot [license], and keep adding to it. That’s what aviation is – an adventure.

“We are beyond thrilled with the results of our race team,” said Chris Erlanson, president of Nashville Flight Training. “Mariah and Paige have exceeded the expectations of our first year attempt in the Air Race Classic. Their skill has inspired not only our school but future female pilots who are wanting to learn to fly!”

Connect with the Air Race Classic Nashville team on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AirRaceClassicNashville/

Listen to the Why We Fly podcast