Tuesday, April 12, 2016

2016 Big Muddy Air Race is on!

This year's Big Muddy will be held on June 11th at the Southern Illinois, KMDH, airport.  This will be a great event featuring the beautiful scenery, rivers and lakes of southern Illinois.

Back by popular demand, 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 likely 132 sm course, with lots of turns! We will also have a short course for slower aircraft. Check the links on the right for registration.  Sign up today!

Start at KMDH.

Turn 1: South end of Pinckneyville Airport runway- PJY
Turn 2: South end of Sparta Airport runway - SAR
Turn 3: East end of Chester Bridge - N37°54.303' W89°50.060'
Turn 4: East end of Grand Tower Suspension Bridge - N37°38.522' W89°30.811'
Turn 5: Hwy 3 crosses Big Muddy River  - N37°33.653' W89°28.275'
Turn 6: Cape Bridge Levee,  N37°17.739' W89°30.371'
Turn 7: Jonesboro Town Square N37°27.086' W89°16.095'
Turn 8: Yellow Water Tower, Makanda, IL  - N37°36.848' W89°13.972'
Finish Line:  Rwy 36L at KMDH 

Here is the sectional view.

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

Monday, April 11, 2016

Past Race Results

Compare yourself to past Big Muddy racers!




Congratulations to every one who competed!

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 sam.hoskins@gmail.com or call at 1-618-967-0016