L3 Airline Academy Women Pilots to Compete in 2015 Air Race Classic

SANFORD, Fla. (May 4, 2015) – Women from around the country, including two pilots from L3 Airline Academy , will demonstrate their advanced aviation skills during the 2015 Air Race Classic (ARC). Taking off from Fredericksburg, Virginia on June 22, women ranging in age from 14-85 will compete on a course that will take them more than 2,100 nautical miles through ten states in four days concluding in Fairhope, Alabama.

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“L3 Airline Academy prides itself on 26 years of experience in training men and women to become professional airline pilots,” says President and General Manager, L3 Airline Academy Hank Coates. “As part of our on-going effort to support and bring specific awareness to women in aviation, we have entered a team of two women pilots to participate in the 2015 Air Race Classic, a race dedicated to preserving and promoting the tradition of pioneering women in aviation.”

Led by L3 Airline AcademyInstructor and Learning Resource Center Coordinator Lauren Thompson, who is making her third appearance in the Air Race Classic and is also the 2010 Collegiate Winner, the L3 Airline Academyteam also includes student Kelsey Brown who will be making her competition debut as co-pilot.

Designed to increase public awareness of general aviation and demonstrate women’s roles in aviation, the Air Race Classic started in 1977 and is considered by many as the epicenter of women’s air racing.

“The Air Race Classic is the pinnacle of women’s air racing. Every year, Air Race Classic pilots hone their flying techniques while acting as general aviation ambassadors at race stops all over the country. It is a premier gathering of women pilots and a life changing event for many of participants, both racers and volunteers.” says ARC President Lara Gaerte.

Join the following sponsors of the L3 Airline AcademyLady Flyers to support Thompson and Brown as they participate in the Air Race Classic:

  • Aircraft Spruce
  • Aircraft Propeller
  • Aviation Plus
  • Bruno’s Props and Properties
  • World Fuel
  • Willis Global Aviation
  • SkyHarbor
  • Rocket 55

“Our team needs your help. Sponsorship funds will go directly toward the operational costs associated with the race team,” Thompson adds. “The opportunity to race is awesome! I am honored to represent L3 Airline Academy and humbled by the support and motivation provided by the instructors, ground crew and colleagues. I encourage all female pilots to do whatever they can to race at least once in their life.”

To learn more about becoming a Team L3 Airline Academy sponsor or to learn more about the flight and ground team, visit www.aerosimladyflyers.com.

Additionally, as part of an ongoing partnership, L3 Airline Academy is providing equipment support services for Jacksonville University School of Aviation and their dedicated Air Race Classic team. L3 Airline Academy has provided support for and use of Cirrus SR-20 aircraft since the University’s first Air Race Classic team entry in 2010. L3 Airline Academy is the sole provider of quality flight training to the students in Jacksonville University’s Aviation Management and Flight Operations degree program.

Committed to Aviation Training Excellence

Originally established in 1989 and based at the Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB), L3 Airline Academy is the only flight school originally owned and operated by airlines Comair Airlines and Delta Air Lines. Today, under the name of L3 Airline Academy , the rich history of professional pilot training continues with flight training courses approved by the FAA under 14 CFR Part 141 and specialized flight training under 14 CFR Part 61.

L3 Airline Academy is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) and provides a professional flight training environment based on sophisticated airline standards. The Academy has been recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration for its dedication to quality, safety, reliability, and performance and continually strives to turn students into successful airline pilots that exceed the expectations of airlines worldwide.

In its 26 years of operation, L3 Airline Academy has provided more than 2 million hours of flight instruction to more than 7,000 pilots and issued more than 20,000 licenses and certificates, while growing its reputation as one of the safest, most reliable flight academies in the world.

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Editor’s Note: Executive interviews and images are available by contacting Laura E. Richeson, APR at 407.616.8108 or Laura@RichesonCommunications.com.

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