Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) information systems and global solutions´ flight services program has signed to be a sponsor of the 40th Air Race Classic (ARC), the annual all-woman cross-country airplane race beginning Tuesday, June 21, 2016, the company said.
The mission of the race, a four-day, 2,700-mile event featuring 130 women pilots, is to encourage and educate current and future female pilots, increase public awareness of general aviation and demonstrate women´s roles in aviation.
A flight service specialist from Lockheed Martin provides a customized pilot weather briefing to ensure pilot safety and awareness of adverse conditions along the route of flight. As event sponsor, flight service specialists will provide these services throughout the race.
Air Race Classic pilots range in age from 17 to 90 years old, come from a variety of backgrounds and fly a wide range of airplanes. Race teams, consisting of at least two women pilots, must fly during daylight hours only and are given four days to make flybys at each en route timing point and then land at the terminus. This year´s race route honors collegiate aviation programs across the nation. The 58-aircraft fleet will begin the race at Embry-Riddle aeronautical university campus in Prescott, Arizona, which is also the location of Lockheed Martin´s flight service hub.
Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 125,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.