They’re making a list and checking it twice. No, not Santa’s elves; it’s the aircraft inspectors checking off items on the Air Race Classic Start Checklist. Items include FAA placards, documents (AROW), airframe data plate, ARC race number decal, ELT, NavCom and transponder, altimeter, lights, tie-down equipment (for tying down on grass), and more. Once the inspectors are done, they will impound the airplane until race start, which is Tuesday, June 20, at 8 am Eastern Time. Not only can’t racers fly after the inspection is complete, but neither can we access our aircraft without official escorts; all in an effort to keep it fair and square and prevent any opportunity for a post-inspection advantage. After 41 years of races, the officials have seen all the tricks!

We also completed our pilot credentials check: Current medical certificate, pilot certificate, logbooks up to date, current flight review, necessary endorsements. We are all good! Now on to the fun, team-building activities. Tonight is movie night at AOPA’s National Aviation Community Center, 296 Bucheimer Rd, Frederick, MD 21701, and the public is invited to join us for “Beyond the Powder,”  which tells the story of the first 1929 women’s air race, then known as the Powder Puff Derby, with documentary footage from the 2014 Air Race Classic.

Powder Puff Derby? Wow. We’ve come a long way, gals!