The London to Melbourne Challenge
In late October 1934 the world focused its attention on a dramatic feat of aerial adventure. Accepting the MacRobertson challenge, the best aviators from around the world gathered to race from London to Melbourne. They were competing in the best aircraft that they could muster to fly halfway around the earth. Their progress was covered by newspaper and radio for a global audience and wherever the competitors landed they were greeted by huge crowds. The whole world was watching.
We wish to commemorate that event. Accordingly we are conducting a simulated race from London to Melbourne under conditions similar to those of 1934. Pilots may fly either Golden Age aircraft of the 1930s or General Aviation aircraft of the current era.
Features of the London-Melbourne Challenge.
• The Race begins on October 20, 2009 and ends on November 30th. Registration is due by October 28th. Later entrants may participate but not win.
• Pilots use real weather but not real time. They may fly legs at a time that fits into their own schedules.
• Two classes of aircraft compete: Golden Age (1930s) aircraft using primitive navigation and Modern General Aviation aircraft using modern navigation instruments. A large number of tested aircraft are eligible for participation.
• The Route follows the 1934 race course with the same compulsory stops.
• The pilot's cumulated Flight Time (time in the air) determines the Speed Race winner in each class.
• The pilot's Flight Time compared to the simulated aircraft's optimal time based on maximum speed determines the Handicap Race winner in each class.
To see what's up, come over to the "Around the World Race" Forum at Sim-Outhouse where we are organizing the event.
Look forward seeing you.
Your London-Melbourne Organizing Committee
PRB, Taco, RFields, srgalahad, MM, Willy, Moses03