Great Australian Air Rally 2013  

  presented by Bluegrass Airlines 



Welcome & Overview
Great Australian Air Rally 2013
(GAAR 2013)

01 - 28 Feb 13

Bluegrass Airlines is proud to present the Great Australian Air Rally for 2013 (GAAR 2013) as part of the Great Air Rally Grand Prix (GAR GP) series.

As with all events in the GAR GP series, and in keeping with the general Bluegrass Airlines philosophy, the GAAR is about having fun.  The GAAR 2013 will provide an event for flight simulation pilots of all skill levels, from the novice to the more experienced pilots, and from all corners of the globe, to test their flight and navigation skills.

Event Format Overview
The event will officially be conducted over the period 01 - 28 Feb 13 and will involve a total of 10 flights.

The flights can involve either and / or a combination of VOR, NDB and "dead reckoning" navigating under both day and night Visual Flight Rule (VFR) and / or Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) conditions with variable departure times and weather conditions.

The dates and reporting times are detailed under the "Flight Schedule" link.

Eligible Aircraft Overview
Eligible aircraft include any radial or other piston engined aircraft that flew in the period 1930's to 1950's.  Turboprop, turbojet, turbofan and other such engined aircraft are not eligible for entry in the event.

The actual choice of aircraft is entirely at the discretion of the individual participant, provided it falls within the guidelines.   Other considerations will include the Flight Leg distance, runway length and surface, and altitude performance.  More information regarding aircraft eligibility is contained under the "Rules" link.

Rules Overview
Unfortunately, there is a need to have Rules to successfully conduct events such as the GAAR 2013.  The Rules, including detailed explanation of eligible aircraft, flight dates, reporting times, and other requirements are contained under the "Rules" link.

If you are interested in registering for the GAAR 2013, have read and understand the rules and requirements for participating, click on the "Pilot Registration" link.

So, come on "Down Under" and join us for GAAR 2013.  And in the spirit of the local native Aboriginal word "Moomba" - "let's get together and have fun".

Any queries regarding the GAAR 2013 can be directed via the Forum at the link on the left of this page or in an email to


NOTAMS & Recent Updates
(last updated on 02 Mar 13)
02 Mar 13
Flight Leg 10 results are now available.
27 Feb 13
Flight Leg 9 results are now available.
25 Feb 13
Flight Leg 8 results are now available.
22 Feb 13
Flight Leg 7 results are now available.
19 Feb 13
Flight Leg 6 results are now available.
16 Feb 13
Flight Leg 5 results are now available.
13 Feb 13
Flight Leg 4 results are now available.
10 Feb 13
Flight Leg 3 results are now available.
08 Feb 13
Moorabbin (YMMB)
Effective immediately and until 28 Feb 13, inclusive, between 1700 hrs and 2100 hrs AEDT.

Pilots are to note that aircraft approaching Moorabbin (YMMB) from the west to enter the circuit for RWY 35R are to do so at least 3 nm north of the aerodrome. This is due to nightly aerial pyrotechnics displays down to 1,200' AGL to the west of RWY 35R.
08 Feb 13
Flight Leg 2 results are now available.
05 Feb 13
Flight Leg 1 results are now available.
27 Jan 13
Thanks to John Lawler for producing the GAAR Fireworks displays again this year. The fireworks file is now available on the 'Downloads' page.
20 Jan 13
The 'Target Times & Results' page is now available on the web site.
19 Jan 13
The Event and Flight Briefing document, Weather Briefing document and Flight Situation files are now available from the 'Downloads' page.
17 Jan 13
5 nm increase in the length of Flight Leg 8 for an overall event length of 1505 nm.

Note.  All event download files and Target Times for participants will be available by 20 Jan 13 at the latest.
01 Jan 13
Official launch of the GAAR 2013.

Registration for the GAAR 2013 opens.

Note.  Please see Paragraph 6 on the 'Rules' page regarding "target times".  To provide an additional challenge again, the "target times" for some Flight Legs will be "blind".