Team Bernoulli: Air Race Classic Faculty Team
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.
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 http://www.airraceclassic.org/.
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.