Embry-Riddle Prescott, Daytona Beach Teams Compete in Women's Air Race Classic

Flying for Prescott are pilot Shelby King and co-pilot Anna Chrzanowski, while pilot Valdeta Mehanja and co-pilot Danielle Erlichman will fly for Daytona Beach. This year’s race begins at Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco, WA, on June 18.


Women in Aviation, International (WAI) is sponsoring the Prescott team. WAI president Dr. Peggy Chabrian founded the nonprofit organization while dean of academic support at the Prescott Campus to encourage the advancement of women in all aviation career fields and interests. To celebrate its 25th anniversary, WAI will hold its regional conference on the campus Oct. 4-5 to coincide with OctoberWest homecoming and alumni events.

Other sponsors of the Prescott ARC team are Embry-Riddle President Dr. John P. Johnson and his wife Maurie; Prescott Campus Chancellor Dr. Frank Ayers and his wife Debbie; the Women in Aviation Club; Allegra Printing; Arizona Aviation Supplies; Cessna; Custom Sticker Makers; ForeFlight; Legend Aviation; Prescott Airport Users Association; Rotary International; San Diego Air & Space Museum; Universal Helicopters; WaitStuff; Warner Propeller; and West Wind Aviation.

Dr. Johnson is also sponsoring the Daytona Beach team, as are other personnel and departments at the Daytona Beach Campus: Chief Academic Officer Dr. Richard Heist and his wife Molly; the Flight Department; the Aviation Maintenance Science Department; the Applied Aviation Sciences Department; and Dr. Guy Smith, chair of the Applied Aviation Sciences Department, and his wife Dr. MaryJo Smith, adjunct professor of doctoral studies. Also supporting the team are Bose; Champion; Daytona Pilot Zone; Goodyear; Oregon Aero; and WxWorx.

This year the Air Race Classic pilots will make stops at P&R Field Airport, Mayfield, Idaho; Mountain Home Municipal Airport, Mountain Home, Idaho; Logan-Cache Airport, Logan, Utah; Harvey Field, Rawlins, Wyo.; Black Hills Airport, Spearfish, S.D.; Brookings Regional Airport, Brookings, S.D.; Brewster Field Airport, Holdrege, Neb.; La Junta Municipal Airport, La Junta, Colo.; and West Woodward Airport, Woodward, Okla.

Each ARC aircraft is judged against its own handicapped cruising speed and teams must follow the route as closely as possible while improving their average speed, a format that focuses more on piloting skills and decision-making than on speed alone.

Other schools fielding teams in the Air Race Classic are Jacksonville University, Liberty University, Louisiana Tech University, Kansas State University, Metropolitan State University, Middle Tennessee State University, Purdue University, Texas State Technical College, University of North Dakota and University of Oklahoma.

About the Air Race Classic

Originally known as the Powder Puff Derby when it was established in 1929, the annual race is sponsored by Air Race Classic Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing public awareness of general aviation, presenting and promoting the tradition of pioneering women in aviation, demonstrating women’s roles in aviation and encouraging and educating current and future women pilots. For more information, visit http://airraceclassic.org.

About Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is a nonprofit, independent institution offering more than 40 baccalaureate, master’s and Ph.D. degree programs in its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business and Engineering. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., and through the Worldwide Campus with more than 150 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The university is a major research center, seeking solutions to real-world problems in partnership with the aerospace industry, other universities and government agencies. For more information, visit www.embryriddle.edu, follow us on Twitter (@EmbryRiddle) and www.facebook.com/EmbryRiddleUniversity, and find expert videos at YouTube.com/EmbryRiddleUniv.

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