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The Perth Club will be hosting a Royal Aero Club air racing event over the weekend of 6/7 September.
In addition to two races - one starting on Saturday at 3.30 p.m. and the other on Sunday, starting between 11 a.m. and 12 noon - there will be a Saturday evening barbecue at around 5.00pm to coincide with the culmination of the first day's race!
This promises to be a great social occasion as well as an aerial spectacle - so please do your best to support it.

It will be the first time in 100 years of air racing that the Royal Aero Club has held an event in Scotland. Up to 20 aircraft from all parts of the United Kingdom will be taking part in this, the penultimate event of the RAC’s 2014 air racing season.

The aircraft will fly five laps over four legs of a 20 mile circuit, beginning and finishing at Perth Airport and with turning points just south of Coupar Angus, the A93/A923 junction and midway between Murthly and Kinclaven. During the races, which will last around one hour, the Airfield will be closed to other traffic.

Single engine piston aircraft of different types will be competing at speeds of 100-200 m.p.h. Each will be handicapped according to its maximum speed potential.

Perth former Chairman, Dave McElroy, competed in the RAC's events last year - achieving a fourth place in one of the races. Unfortunately, because of his round-the-world flight, he will not be competing in this event.

He explains: “Air racing requires neither super aeroplanes nor super pilots. All that is needed is an aircraft capable of maintaining 100 m.p.h. and training and a checkout by the Royal Aero Club’s Racing Records and Rally Association.

“There is a highly sophisticated handicapping process that neutralises the speed advantage of the faster aircraft, so winning an air race is down to pilot skill, not aircraft performance. Discipline, accurate navigation and precise turning around the course markers is what separates the winners from the others.”

Unfortunately, for reasons of insurance, the event at Perth Airport will not be open to the public, although it will be possible to see the aircraft in action at various vantage points around the course.

For SAC members, however, special arrangements are being made to have the best possible view of the close quarter racing and exciting finishes over 09 at Perth Airport.
Tally Ho... !
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