FORGET running, cycling or driving – two Perth men will take to the skies as they aim to raise thousands of dollars for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Yokine’s Scott Palmer and Kelmscott’s Caleb Duggan will travel to Queensland in their small custom built two-seater plane, where they will be one of more than 40 aircrafts taking part in the two week long 2018 Outback Air Race, an almost 4000km trip incorporating multiple stops along the way.
Mr Duggan said he was looking forward to participating in his first Outback Air Race.
“I haven’t participated before, although I certainly would have liked to,” he said.
“I’m expecting the race component to be challenging as we’ll be navigating primarily by visual reference-maps and looking out the window – and going to unfamiliar areas with different features to navigate by.
“I’m also expecting to meet a lot of good people in the towns we fly to, as well as the 100 race participants.”
Mr Palmer said the RFDS did important work helping hundreds of people with medical care and he and his flying partner were looking forward to doing their bit to help.
“They do a great job and I don’t think our government does enough to support them, so anything we can do to help out is great,” he said.
“We will fly to various airfields on the way from Brisbane to Broome, with each leg a navigational time-trial.
“Points are awarded for accuracy and the team with the highest points wins the leg.
“They literally have to carry a hollow mannequin leg around the next town and get coins from the locals to donate to the RFDS.”