Student Amy Warbalow, instructor Katrina Kugler take off June 12 for four day transcontinental race
Who: University of North Dakota Aviation student Amy Warbalow and teammate Katrina Kugler, a UND flight instructor.
What: Warbalow and Kugler are set to compete in the internationally renowned Air Race Classic. This is the first time that UND has fielded a team for this women-only event pioneered by, among others, legendary aviator Amelia Earhart. The Department of Aviation is part of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences (UND Aerospace).
When: Scheduled departure is 8 a.m., Wednesday, June 12, weather permitting. If the weather looks iffy, the team will leave earlier, at 7 a.m.
Where: UND Flight Operations, Grand Forks Airport
About the Air Race Classic
Women’s air racing all started in 1929 with the First Women’s Air Derby; 20 pilots, including farmed aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, raced from Santa Monica, Calif., to Cleveland, Ohio, site of the National Air Races, according to the Air Race Classic website. The current race routes are about 2,400 statute miles in length. Contestants are usually given four days, flying by visual flight rules to reach the finish. The race is run only during daylight hours.