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Team Bernoulli: Air Race Classic Faculty Team

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Team Bernoulli: Air Race Classic Faculty Team

Team Bernoulli plot their course to victory in the Air Race Classic

Help Embry-Riddle's first-ever all-faculty team plot their course to victory in the 2016 Air Race Classic

For the first time ever, an all-faculty team from Embry-Riddle will be racing in the Air Race Classic in June 2016.

Drs. Naiara Petralanda and Virginie Rollin, Aerospace Engineering faculty members at Embry-Riddle, will compete as Team Bernoulli, in honor of the Swiss mathematician and physicist whose principle describes the mathematics underlying the operation of the airplane wing. In February 2016, they were fortunate enough to secure the sixth position for takeoff (out of more than 50 aircraft competing), so they have a huge advantage when they take to the air as "Classic Racer 6."  

You have a great opportunity to help our first faculty team make history and do Embry-Riddle proud by supporting their efforts to compete in one of the truly great air races in the country. 

Bernoulli logo

Your contributions will provide critical funds for Team Bernoulli to cover the costs of registration fees, aircraft maintenance, hotel accommodations, food, car rental and advertising expenses. 

Why it Matters

As Aerospace Engineering faculty members at Embry-Riddle, we teach in a discipline that is male dominated, and aviation itself is also male dominated. We want to show that women can have a career in engineering, and these women also enjoy flying and having fun. We want to prove the stereotypes wrong, inspire young girls to follow their dreams and not listen if someone tells them they can't do something. The university is struggling to increase its female population and such events can help attract more young women to a field that is usually seen as a male field.

About the Air Race Classic

The Air Race Classic evolved from the First Women's Air Derby in 1929 and later the Powder Puff Derby. It is now a day Visual-Flight-Rules-only (VFR) race, where competitors race against their own plane. A handicap is assigned to each plane prior to the race, based on each plane's performance, and each team tries to perform better than their handicap during the race. The race is about 2400 nautical miles (NM), and in 2016, it will go from Embry-Riddle's campus in Prescott, Ariz. to its campus in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Part of the Air Race Classic's mission is education. The organization sponsors events at the start and terminus every year to introduce young girls to aviation. Racers participate in these events and act as mentors and role models for these young girls. More information on the Air Race Classic can be found at

Our Goal

Air Race Clasic Rout Map and Giving Levels


Our goal is to raise $5390, in addition to in-kind donations from our sponsors. This amount will cover our registration fee, our hotels, food, rental cars, maintenance and marketing expenses. Our levels will help you choose a contribution, and you can see how you are helping the team.


Choose a giving level


Buck Mountain, AZ

We just took off from Prescott, and only flew for 54nm. There’s still a long way to go, but at least we know where we are going, as we are now able to buy 3 of our charts for the race route.


Dry Lake, AZ

We are still in Arizona and haven’t made it to our first stop yet, but we know we won’t go hungry today, as your donation covers food for one day.


Los Lunas, NM

We finally made it to our first stop! We are excited to make it here, and should we choose to Remain Over Night (RON), we can now afford our hotel.


New Mexico / Texas Border

We have just made it to our 3rd state in the race, and you have just helped us buy the fuel to get there.


Arkadelphia, AR

This is our 4th stop on the route, and we are almost at the halfway point. By contributing at this level, you ensure that we can perform our pre-race maintenance check.


Daytona Beach, FL

This is the terminus of the race, and luckily for us this year, this is also home! This level pays for one of our registration fees, and we thank you for helping us fly in the Air Race Classic 2016.