Outback Air Race 2018

Published: Friday, 16 February 2018 at 2:50:36 PM

Two local Perth pilots will be flying across Australia to raise funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service later this year.

 Two local Perth pilots will be flying across Australia to raise funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service later this year.

Scott Palmer and Caleb Duggan will be taking part in the 2018 Outback Air Race. The race is a GPS-based navigation time trial and takes place every three years. In 2018 41 aircraft from across Australia (and NZ) will take part. 

The Air Race started in 1996 and exists to raise much-needed funds to support the Australian Royal Flying Doctor Service, who's government funding has remained largely unchanged since 2006, despite demand for their critical services increasing. Participants and spectators in the Outback Air Race have raised over $2.1 million since the first race, and these funds have gone towards outfitting RFDS aircraft with essential medical equipment vital for treating sick and injured patients.

Last year, the RFDS made an average of 915 patient contacts or transports, and flew 72,358 kilometres daily. It ran 14,471 healthcare clinics, operated 67 aircraft, 22 bases, 5 health facilities and had 1,072 full-time equivalent staff. In 2018 they celebrate 90 years of service.

This year's race takes place across Australia's top end - East to West, Brisbane to Broome, over two weeks from Sunday 19th August to Friday 31st August, 2018. Starting in Archerfield, near Brisbane, QLD, and finishing in Broome, WA The race starts in Brisbane on the 18th of August. Participants will make stops in Bundaberg, Longreach, Mt. Isa, Adels Grove, Daly Waters, Katherine, Kunnanurra, and Broome (in addition to having to get to the start point and back home again). 

The race itself covers approximately 3,940km. But the round trip from Perth totals around 10,817 km. This involves around 40 hours of flying time and over 1300 litres of fuel. The aircraft Scott and Caleb will be flying is a custom built Vans RV7A, a small 2 seat aircraft with an average cruise speed of around 277kph.

Scott and Caleb aim to raise $10000 for the Royal Flying Doctors before the race starts and hope to raise even more during the race.

If you would like to make a small donation to the team's RFDS fundraising efforts (100% goes to the RFDS in WA), you can access their team's page here: https://oar18.everydayhero.com/au/teamzic 

If you would like to know more about the Race, you can view their site here: http://www.outbackairrace.com.au/

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