Region: United Kingdom
Aircraft: Lockheed Martin F-22
NOTAM: This will be a race, from Lands End (EGHC) in Cornwall, to Wick (EGPC), in northern Scotland, more than 585 miles away.
The winner will be the first person to reach the parking apron at Wick. How you attempt this challenge is up to you. You create your own strategy. Going at full power the entire way means you will run out of fuel before the finishing line and you will be forced to glide the rest of the way. Using a lower power setting will make your fuel last longer, which will make for easier landings and faster taxi speeds (remember, the finishing line is the apron, not the runway) but your speed in the air will be lower.
Other things to consider include optimum cruising altitude, whether or not to exchange ground speed for altitude once the fuel is exhausted, when to start the decent, what landing speed, which taxiways and runways to use etc.
There are some rules which all participants must abide by. Breaking any of the following rules will result in disqualification:
You must use the F-22 for this event.
All ground movements must be made on runways or taxiways. At least two wheels must be in contact with a runway or taxiway at all times.
You must not crash at any point during the race.
No false starts will be tolerated. One strike and you’re out.
No appeals will be accepted.
For this event, it is perfectly acceptable for more than one aircraft to occupy the same parking space, and for aircraft to taxi and takeoff through each other.
Make sure you have a flight plan, and are fuelled and ready to go by 1900Z on the 10th of February 2018.
I will start the race by giving takeoff clearance to a random person on Lands End Tower ATC, so make sure you are tuned in.
Please register your interest below.
I look forward to your participation.