Saturday, March 28, 2015

2015 Big Muddy Air Race is on!

After a two year hiatus, we're back.  This year's Big Muddy will be held on June 6th at the Southern Illinois, KMDH, airport.  This will be a great event featuring the beautiful scenery, rivers and lakes of southern Illinois.

For a special treat, we will have a great arrival reception on Friday evening at the world famous Big Muddy Brewery along with some great barbecue from World Champion Pat's Barbecue.

We welcome newbie racers as well as our experienced buddies. Newbie racers should know that in cross country air racing, the fastest aircraft go first and the slowest depart last.  The intent is to minimize passing on the course, making for a much safer race than Reno style pylon racing.  There will be an extensive and mandatory pilot's briefing at 9:30, race day.  Make sure you are fueled up and 100% ready to go before the briefing.

Here is the 125 nm course, with lots of turns!

Start at KMDH.

Turn 1: Rendlemen Field, 4IL8,  N37° 45.379'   W89° 22.998'
Turn 2: Grand Tower Bridge,  N37° 38.522',  W89° 30.881'
Turn 3: Big Muddy River at Hwy 3   N37° 33.653'  W89° 28.274'
Turn 4: Cape Bridge Levee,  N37° 17.739',  W89° 30.370'
Turn 5: Confluence of Ohio & Mississippi rivers at Cairo, IL  N36° 59.036',  W89° 8.353'
Turn 6: Lake of Egypt,  N37° 37.494',  W88° 56.561'
Turn 7: Yellow Water Tower, Makanda, IL  N37° 36.848',  W89° 13.972'
Finish Line:  Rwy 36L at KMDH

Here is the sectional view.

The short course for aircraft under 100 mph eliminates Turn 5 at Cairo and gives us a 94 nm race.

Pilot Brief at 9:30 a.m.

Check the links on the right for registration.  Sign up today!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Big Muddy Short Course

Aircraft with a forecast speed of 120 mph or less will have a 68 nm run. for the Big Muddy.

Turn 1 - PJY - Pinckneyville (approach end numbers)
Turn 2 - K02 - Perryville (approach end numbers)
Turn 3 - N 37 38.518, W 89 30.972 Grand Tower suspension bridge (center of bridge)
Finish Line - 4IL8 - Rendleman field. Cross the runway between the house and the white barn.

At the completion of the finish line pass, short course aircraft may be asked to briefly land at Rendleman and wait for all the long course arrivals, over at Carbondale, to come in.  We will discuss this in full at the pilot's brief.

Our big thanks go to Tony Rendleman for letting us use his Field of Dreams.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

New Prize - Dynamic Propeller Balancing

We are happy to announce a special prize for this year's race - A dynamic prop balancing job, performed on your aircraft before you go home!

Here are the conditions:

  • The Drawing takes place at the end of the awards ceremony.
  • First Place winner in each category gets to throw their name into the hat. If you are the only entrant for a particular category, you are the winner and you name goes into the hat.
  • The balancing job will take about an hour and we'll try and get you on your way ASAP.
  • If you can't stick around, the award is fully transferable to any registered SARL member. If you want to come back another time, that would also be fine.
  • We can't do balancing on Warbirds or turbine aircraft.
  • FYI - Balancing on Continental engines requires modification (drilling a hole and attaching weights) to the spinner backplate.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

2012 Course

The southern Illinois Big Muddy Air Race is scheduled for June 9, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., central time, at the Southern Illinois Airport, KMDH . The rain date will be the following day, June 10.

Here is the 159 nm. course.

Click on the map to view the course.

Pilot's brief is at 9:00 central time in the SIU Aviation Technologies building. You MUST attend the pilot's brief to participate in the race. No brief, - no race.

The course highlights our beautiful southern Illinois and runs you along the Mississippi and Ohio rivers and over a lot of the Shawnee National Forest. As it stands, we'll run 155 nm and you'll fly over three states.

Turn 1: The course starts at 36L/18R at Carbondale, then NNW to Turn 1 at PJY Pinckyneville. We'll use the numbers on the approach end of Rwy 36.

Turn 2: K02, at Perryville, Mo. We'll use the numbers on the approach end of Rwy 20

Turn 3: Grand Tower suspension bridge. We will use the center of the natural gas suspension bridge, which spans the river, as our check point. N 37 38.518, W 89 30.972. Please do not fly under the bridge.

Turn 4: Cairo overpass. To keep us from overflying the city of Cario (pronounced: kay-row or care-row, take your pick), we'll first pick up Turn 4, which is an overpass on I-57:  N36° 58.007' W89° 15.951'. Use the center of the overpass.

Turn 5: The parking lot at Ft. Defiance state park: N36° 59.271' W89° 9.047' , just southeast of the historic town. You might want to take a look at Google Earth to make sure you get it all right.

Turn 6: The parking lot at the Pulaski County Development park, on the Ohio River. N37° 13.965' W88° 58.257'

Turn 7: Smiley water tower, Makanda, IL. at N 37 36.857 W 89 13.989 .

The yellow water tower will be your initial reporting point (Race XX Makanda inbound), north-northwest to the KMDH tower.

Finish Line: Low pass down 36L, on the western edge of the field at KMDH.

Stay tuned to this web site for event information.

If you have questions, contact me at or call at 1-618-967-0016