February this year saw the 10th anniversary of the Great Australian Air Rally (‘GAAR’), organised by Bluegrass Airlines, with great success and much enthusiasm (I’ve participated in it three times now). Also fielding a team in this year’s rally was Mutley’s Hangar, from the UK. So enthused were they by the event, that they’ve decided to stage their own rally – here in the UK.
Mutley’s Easter Bunny Air Rally (‘MEBAR’) kicks off Easter weekend from Southampton (EGHI), and takes in Alderney, the Isles of Scilly, Lands End, Eaglescott, St Athan and Old Sarum before returning to Southampton. Participants can be using either FSX or FS9. Just as with its Australian counterpart (in fact Bluegrass’s Andrew Godden helped set up this rally), this rally will test not only your navigational skills put also your ability to fly with precision and accuracy in a variety of challenging conditions.
Joe Lawford, Mutley’s owner, said in a statement, “The event tests the piloting skills of the GA pilot to complete a suite of 4 flights in a time closest to a reference time for their aircraft. The cunning thing is, the pilot is not advised of his target time but will be judged against a formulation based on a test flight.”
Entry is free, and there will be a raffle prize, as well as prizes for the best FSX and FS9 screenshots. For full details, and to register, go to the rally’s web site.