Great Australian Air Rally 2012  

  presented by Bluegrass Airlines 



Welcome & Overview
Great Australian Air Rally 2012
(GAAR 2012)

01 - 29 Feb 12

Bluegrass Airlines is proud to present the Great Australian Air Rally for 2012 (GAAR 2012) as part of the Great Air Rally Grand Prix (GAR GP) series.

As with all events in the GAR GP series, and in keeping with the general Bluegrass Airlines philosophy, the GAAR is about having fun.  The GAAR 2012 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 - 29 Feb 12 and will involve a total of 10 flights.

The flights involve either and / or a combination of VOR, NDB and "dead reckoning" navigating under day Visual Flight Rule (VFR)  and / or Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) conditions.  Variable departure times and weather conditions will also exist for each flight.

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 1930's to 1950's.  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, runway length and surface, and altitude performance.  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 2012.  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 2012, have read and understand the rules and requirements for participating, click on the "Pilot Registration" link.

So, come on "Down Under" and join us for GAAR 2012.  And in the spirit of the local native Aboriginal word "Moomba" - "let's get together and have fun".

Any queries regarding the GAAR 2012 can be directed via the Forum at the link on the left of this page or in an email to


NOTAMS & Recent Updates
(last updated on 02 Mar 12)
02 Mar 12
Final results are now available.

Flight Leg 9 and Flight Leg 10 results are now available.
26 Feb 12
Flight Leg 8 results are now available.
23 Feb 12
Flight Leg 7 results are now available.
20 Feb 12
Flight Leg 6 results are now available.
18 Feb 12
Flight Leg 4 and Flight Leg 5 results are now available.
11 Feb 12
Flight Leg 3 results are now available.
07 Feb 12
Flight Leg 2 results are now available.
04 Feb 12
Flight Leg 1 results are now available.
23 Jan 12
Thanks to John Lawler for producing the GAAR Fireworks displays again this year. The fireworks file is now available on the 'Downloads' page.
17 Jan 12
The Flight Situation files and Weather Briefing documents is now available on the 'Downloads' page.

The Target Times are now available on the 'Target Times & Results' page.

Note.  Flight Legs 3, 5 and 7 have no Target Times, as these will be flown as "blind" Flight Legs.
15 Jan 12
The Event and Flight Briefing document is now available on the 'Downloads' page.

The Flight Situation files and Weather Briefing documents will be available very soon.
13 Jan 12
Additional specific suggestions regarding scenery downloads have been added to the 'Downloads' page.

A detailed explanation of how the Target Time is calculated has been added to the Forum.
08 Jan 12
John Allard from Mutley's Hangar has produced Aerodrome Charts for all the airports associated with the Event.  They are available for download from Mutley's Hangar at the link on the 'Downloads' page.
01 Jan 12
Official launch of the GAAR 2012.

Registration for the GAAR 2012 opens.

Note.  Please see the modification to the Rules regarding "target times" in Paragraph 6 on the 'Rules' page.  To provide an additional challenge in this year's event, the "target times" for some Flight Legs will be "blind".