|Welcome to the Great
Air Rally Grand Prix (GAR GP). The GAR GP is an annual series of air rally events
conducted in various parts of the world over the course of a calendar year.
The GAR GP concept has evolved out of
over 10 years of conducting
the Great Australian Air Rally (GAAR) and serves to continue the GAAR tradition
established by Bluegrass Airlines.
The GAR GP is, first and foremost, about having fun. It will provide a series of
events for flight simulation pilots of all skill levels, from the novice to the more
experienced pilots, to test their flight and navigation skills.
Schedule of Events (approximately four each
A GAR GP Schedule of Events is developed each year and will consist of
approximately four events. Some events will be a fixed feature of the GAR GP whilst
others will be scheduled on a rotating basis. This will allow for events in
different continents and countries and with different event formats.
GAR GP events will include, but are not restricted
to, the following continent and country based Rallies:
Great Australian Air Rally (GAAR);
Great United States of America Air Rally (GUSAAR);
Great United Kingdom Air Rally (GUKAR);
Great European Air Rally (GEAR);
Great Air Rally of Canada (GARC);
Great Air Rally of South America (GARSA);
Great Air Rally of Africa (GARA);
Great Air Rally of Asia (GARoA); and
Great South Pacific Air Rally (GSPAR).
Other special events with a historical basis will
also be scheduled and will include events such as the following:
Great Around the World Rally (GAWR) - commemorating Qantas' Around the World
service of the late 1950's;
Great England to Australia Air Rally (GEAAR) - commemorating the England
to Australia Air Race of 1919, Bert Hinkler's first solo flight between England and
Australia of 1928 and the MacRobertson Air Race of 1934; and
Great Trans-Pacific Air Rally (GTPAR) - commemorating Charles Kingsford
Smith's first trans-Pacific flight of 1928.
The format for each event will be detailed on the specific event web site.
The flights will involve either and / or a combination of VOR, NDB and "dead
reckoning" navigation under both day and night Visual Flight Rule (VFR) and /
or Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) conditions. Variable departure times and weather
conditions will also exist.
Rules, Registration and Eligible Aircraft
Rules, event registration and details regarding eligible aircraft for each event will be
detailed on the specific event web sites when the event is formally launched.
Any queries regarding the GAR GP can be directed via the Forum at the link on the
left of this page or in an email to greatairrallygp(at)hotmail.com