Caribbean Air Rally Planned

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Pilots who'd like to combine a tropical aviation adventure with the chance to brush up on the full range of piloting skills might consider the Governor General's Challenge Cup air rally coming up in April. Participants will take off from Banyan Air Service in Ft. Lauderdale for a 10-day tour of the Caribbean, with stops in the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, the Dominican Republic and, tentatively, Port au Prince, Haiti, with donations of needed supplies for earthquake victims. The rally ends April 27 back in Ft. Lauderdale after a little more than 2,000 nm. Organizer Catherine Tobenas said that in addition to the fabulous scenery and attractions on the route, there's an ongoing competition to keep things interesting.

"It is not a race," she said. Rather, each leg of the trip will test crews on various piloting skills, from navigation to aircraft handling to general knowledge. Competitors will be awarded points based on their performance in each leg and the crew with the most points at the end wins. So far crews from all over the world have registered.