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About Setting Records

The NAA (National Aeronautic Association) encourages pilots of all levels of experience to set records—dozens of records are established each year. National and world records can be set in any type of aircraft and for a variety of different tasks—including altitude, speed and distance. Airplane records are classified by engine-type and aircraft weight, making it possible for a variety of aviators—even pilots owning small single-engine planes--to establish a national or world mark.

Many of aviation's early heroes once held aviation world records at some point in their careers—the Wright Brothers, Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, just to name a few. Many of today's aviation greats hold records that still stand—like Chuck Yeager, John Glenn and Bob Hoover.

The NAA also administers records with the many air sports in the United States—disciplines such as gliding, soaring, ballooning, parachuting, aeromodeling and ultralights.

The ten records to be attempted, in our Weight Class of 6614 to 13,228 pounds, are:

  1. Trans-continental national speed record across the United States. The course can be between any two airports on opposite coasts but both the departure and destination airport can be no farther than 60 kilometers from their respective coast line. This record was set on November 18, 1991, by Terry Kohler in a Citation 501 similar to ours but powered by Pratt and Whitney engines. His average speed was 375.9191 Knots (432.6 mph). We have to beat this record by 1% or 3.76 knots per hour faster. We have chosen to fly between San Diego, CA and Jacksonville, FL, a distance of 1803 nautical miles and with mother nature’s cooperation in the form of some particularly strong jet stream currents in the lower part of the USA our November 1st run should bring in a victory.
  2. Concurrently with record number one we hope to set the World and National (as yet vacant) distance without stopping record for our aircraft type.
  3. The flight will also set the World and National record (also currently 
    vacant) for Speed Over a Recognized Course - San Diego, CA to Jacksonville,
  4. Record number six is Time to Climb, without payload, from a standing start (brake release) to 3000 meters (9842.51 feet)and is currently held by Edward Wachs who set this one in a Lear Jet 24 launching from Kenosha, WI on February 6th, 1989. His time was 52 seconds. We have to beat that by 3% or 50.44 seconds. For this attempt we are going to relocate to Lincoln, NE where the air is cold and the air traffic congestion much less of a factor. The altitude achieved shall be the true altitude measured from sea level as defined in the relevant country by the nation survey. This attempt will be made on November 2, 2006.

Records 7,8, 9 and 10 are World and National records (currently vacant) for Speed Over a Closed Circuit, Without Landing. Course    lengths of 1,000 (539 miles) and 2, 000 kilometers (1079 miles) respectively must be flown on different flghts. The flights shall be made over an out-and-return course (with or without an intermediate turn point), which must be approved or declared. The distance may be achieved over more than one lap of the course. Before crossing the start line the aircraft must fly level within 100 meters for the last 1,000 meters. The altitude of the aircraft at the finish line must not be less than its altitude at the start.

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