With less than a week until the Women’s Air Race Classic (ARC) race take-off, AOPAngels Luz Beattie (left), Kathy Dondzila (center), and Paula Wivell (right) are deep into preparation: double-checking paperwork, logbooks, credentials; reviewing rules; studying the route. And removing bugs. So many bugs are splattered on the leading edges of our Cessna 182! Flight teams are beginning to arrive at Frederick Municipal Airport, home of AOPA headquarters and the take-off airport. The first ARC pre-race event is tomorrow evening. We are looking forward to getting to know the other competitors. The love of flying. It’s what brings us together, the basis for friendships across the country that may last a lifetime. Sure, it’d be great to win, to place in the Top 10 – and we will certainly give it our best shot – but the real reason we are flying is for flying, itself. To encourage those young and old who are are learning to fly; and those whose flying skills have grown rusty over years of inactivity, yet still dream of getting back in the left seat. Can I do it, you wonder. Yes, we think you can! Fly along with us and be encouraged! I’ll be blogging every day until the Awards Banquet on Sunday, June 25. We are Team 43 and you can follow the race online http://airraceclassic2017.maprogress.com and on Twitter! @aopangels.