Air race to finish in airlie

AIRLIE Beach will mark the finish line for the 2009 Royal Flying Doctor Service Outback Air Race which kicks off in Broome on August 26. The race, which is the seventh of its kind, will finish on September 5 and is primarily a fundraising effort for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. This year's aim is to raise about $200,000 for flying doctors to help them with their important work in outback Australia.

The Outback Air Race is a unique event that sees teams from Australia and abroad embark on a flying holiday across outback Australia. This year's team line up includes two teams from New Zealand and a helicopter from the Hunter Valley.

Each aircraft comprises a team, and each team member must raise a minimum of $1500 for entry into the race. In the last race, all entrants raised considerably more than that, through movie nights, sausage sizzles and raffles.

The race organisation and execution is founded on the basis of safety and professionalism and operates within the legislative framework of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

This year's route encompasses some pretty spectacular territory including the most spectacular of all the finish line in the Whitsundays. Stopover points are Emma Gorge, Katherine, Tennant Creek, Sweers Island, Cooktown and Undara. Through their fundraising, race participants will be providing money for the purchase of essential equipment needed by the Royal Flying Doctor Service to bring a mantle of safety and peace of mind to those who live, travel and work in remote communities.


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