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Welcome & General Overview
The Great Australian Air Rally 2011
(GAAR 2011)

Bluegrass Airlines is once again proud to present the Great Australian Air Rally for 2011 and this year, we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the GAAR.

First and foremost, and in keeping with the general Bluegrass Airlines philosophy, the GAAR is about having fun.  The GAAR 2011 will provide an event for flight simulation pilots of all skill levels, from the novice to the more experienced pilots, and from all corners of the globe, to test their flight and navigation skills.

Event Format Overview
The event will officially be conducted over the period 01 - 28 Feb 11 and will involve a total of 10 flights.

The flights involve either and / or a combination of VOR, NDB and "dead reckoning" navigating under both day and night Visual Flight Rule (VFR)  and / or Intstrument Flight Rule (IFR) conditions.  Variable departure times and weather conditions will also exist for each flight.  The weather conditions are based on factual historical data for the flight leg and time of the year.

The dates and reporting times are detailed under the "Flight Schedule" link.

Eligible Aircraft Overview
Eligible aircraft include any radial or other piston engined aircraft that flew in the period 1930s to 1950s.  Turboprop, turbojet, turbofan and other such engined aircraft are not eligible for entry in the event.

The actual choice of aircraft is entirely at the discretion of the individual participant, provided it falls within the guidelines.   Other considerations will include the Flight Leg distance and runway surface.  More information regarding aircraft eligibility is contained under the "Rules" link.

Rules Overview
Unfortunately, there is a need to have Rules to successfully conduct events such as the GAAR 2011.  The Rules, including detailed explanation of eligible aircraft, flight dates, reporting times, and other requirements are contained under the "Rules" link.

If you are interested in registering for the GAAR 2011, have read and understand the rules and requirements for participating, click on the "Pilot Registration" link.

So, come on "Downunder" and join us for GAAR 2011.  And in the spirit of the local native Aboriginal word "Moomba" - "let's get together and have fun".


NOTAMS & Recent Updates
(last updated on 02 Mar 11)
02 Mar 11
Flight Leg 10 and Final Results are now available.
27 Feb 11
Flight Leg 9 results are now available.
25 Feb 11
Flight Leg 8 results are now available.
21 Feb 11
Flight Leg 7 results are now available.
18 Feb 11
Flight Leg 6 results are now available.

Correction to the "Special Comments" in the Flight Briefings for Flight Legs 9 & 10.  See the NOTAMS section in the Forum for details.

15 Feb 11
Flight Leg 5 results are now available.
12 Feb 11
Flight Leg 4 results are now available.
09 Feb 11
Flight Leg 3 results are now available.
06 Feb 11
Flight Leg 2 results are now available.

A "Statistics" page has been added for the those interested in empirical data.

03 Feb 11
Flight Leg 1 results are now available.
29 Jan 11
Registration for the GAAR 2011 is now closed.


28 Jan 11
Registration for the GAAR 2011 closes in 24 hours.


13 Jan 11
Thanks to John Lawler for producing the GAAR Fireworks displays again this year.  The fireworks file is now available on the "GAAR Downloads" page.

10 Jan 11
The Target Times for each Flight Leg are now available on the "Target Times & Results" page.


06 Jan 11
Event and Flight Briefings document, Weather Information documents and Flight Situation files are now available from the "GAAR Downloads" page.

01 Jan 11
The GAAR celebrates it's 10th anniversary.

Official launch of the GAAR 2011 and web site.

Registration for the GAAR 2011 opens.