Registration for the Air Race Classic 2023 Continues

Teams have until March 31 to enter the 46th running of the women’s competition.

The route of the 2023 Air Race Classic runs from Grand Forks, North Dakota, to Homestead, Florida, covering 2,333 nm. [Courtesy: Air Race Classic]

Registration for the 46th Air Race Classic continues, with the field closing on March 31 for teams wanting to participate in the 2023 competition. 

The all-women air race will run this year from June 20 through 23, and cover a course distance of 2,333 nm/2,684 sm.

The race launches from Grand Forks, North Dakota (KGFK) and flies through the following stops on the course:

  • Mankato, Minnesota (KMKT)
  • Ottumwa, Iowa (KOTM)
  • Hastings, Nebraska (KHSI)
  • Harrington, Kansas (KHRU) (fly-by only)
  • Ponca City, Oklahoma (KPNC)
  • Sulphur Springs, Texas (KSLR)
  • Jonesboro, Arkansas (KJBR)
  • Pell City, Alabama (KPLR)
  • Cross City, Florida (KCTY)

The terminus of the race is at Homestead, Florida (X51), at 17:00 EDT on June 23. Racers will enjoy an awards banquet on Sunday, June 25.

Can I Race My Airplane?

Entrants can join individually (and can contact race HQ for ideas on matching up with another racer) or in teams, and participate in several classes this year. The Competition Class is restricted to Part 23/CAR 3 production single-engine airplanes with a standard airworthiness certificate and any modifications documented by Form 337 or similar paperwork. Light sport aircraft in the SLSA category that comply with factory specs may also race in the Competition Class. Those aircraft with turbocharged engines or operating under an experimental amateur-built certificate can race in the Non-competition Class.

Racers will need to register their airplane of choice by May 15. According to the Air Race Classic, “Teams who plan to fly a plane that is not rated for continuous operation at maximum engine and propeller rpm and have advanced data monitoring and recording capabilities can contact for more information.”

Any questions regarding an entry? Email

Based in Maryland, Julie is an editor, aviation educator, and author. She holds an airline transport pilot certificate with Douglas DC-3 and CE510 (Citation Mustang) type ratings. She's a CFI/CFII since 1993, specializing in advanced aircraft and flight instructor development. Follow Julie on Twitter @julieinthesky.

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