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2019 Galveston Race Information


It’s “ISLAND TIME”! Once again, Scholes International Airport will welcome racers for the Galveston Island 150 Air Race.
Back by popular demand will be the exciting “Texas Twister” ten turn race course.
All the usual fun and awards await you.
The 9th annual Galveston Island Air Race will be taking place in June. Pilots can look forward to all the same fun and the exciting “Texas Twister” ten turn race course. Mike Shahan and his staff are eager to take care of you all and truly make the event special.
This is a Sport Air Racing League sanctioned event. Pilots do not need to be League members to participate but do need to be a member to earn points toward the year end Championships.

06/07/2019 1200-1700 Registration and Handicap Validation Flights KGLS
06/07/2019 1700 Meet/greet/dinner KGLS
06/08/2019 0800-0945 Registration KGLS
06/08/2019 1000 Mandatory Pilot Briefing KGLS
06/08/2019 1100 RACE START KGLS
06/08/2019 After race Lunch and Awards KGLS

The flying is VFR in strict adherence to all FAR’s. Aircraft need to be propeller driven and fixed wing. There is a class for everyone and are offered in three categories: Experimental, Factory and Heavy Metal. Classes are determined by engine horsepower and cubic inch displacement and induction, and gear configuration and number of engines. Pilots and aircraft must be legal to fly and are required to have liability insurance.

The event is set to go! There will be awards in all classes and names of top speed winners will go on the perpetual plaque as well as name of the winner of the Handicap Class going on the perpetual trophy. Bill Brown (below) won in 2018 flying his Bonanza.

The slowest run of the day will win the Tailspin Trophy

Classes offered: All Sport League Sanctioned Classes
Challenge Classes for 3 or more of the same make/model aircraft. Say you love to race but you fly a Piper Lance. You are in the same class as a Bonanza with like engine. Unless you have a JATO rocket attached to you plane there is no way you can out run a Bonanza. “Challenge” others with the same plane as yours for a chance to win.

Handicap Class
Open to all aircraft that can carry a check pilot who has full view and access to all instrument and engine controls. Aircraft will fly a handicap validation flight to determine their top speed and then they fly against that speed. When you enter you will receive all the instructions and forms. When you race you want to go as fast as you can. But how fast you actually cover the course will depend on your skill. A Cessna 150 has an even chance over a Cirrus.

June is the start of the summer season in Galveston and there will be a lot going on to make this a great long weekend. Please be aware that the hotels will be charging summer rates. Marriott Courtyard will offer a racer rate. Stand by for confirmation of rate. Closest to the Airport is Inn at the Water Park. Rate for June 8, 2019 is $175 no discount.
There will be limited courtesy transportation and rental cars are available from the FBO. Check to see what agencies deliver to airport without extra charges.

ENTRY FEE is $40
This covers all classes you wish to enter and includes t-shirt and meals for you and your copilot to a t-shirt and meals.

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