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Embry-Riddle Female Pilots Prove Best at Women's Air Race Classic
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Posted: 2013 Jul 12 - 06:16

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For the second year in a row, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University pilots from its Daytona Beach campus have earned a top spot in one of the country's oldest and most prestigious all-female, four-day transcontinental flight competition.

Daytona Beach pilot Valdeta Mehanja and co-pilot Danielle Erlichman finished first in collegiate competition and third overall in the 2013 Air Race Classic.

The Embry-Riddle team competed against 45 other teams from around the world, including nearly a dozen other U.S. schools.

This year's race began June 18 at Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco, Wash. The race consisted of nine check-in spots along the 2,458-statute-mile route, completing the journey June 21 at Drake Field Airport in Fayetteville, Ark.

Ms. Mehanja is pursuing a bachelor's degree in aeronautical science and works as a flight instructor. Ms.Erlichman has earned that degree and works as a flight instructor while pursuing a master's degree. in aeronautics. Ms. Erlichman also competed for Daytona Beach in last year's Air Race Classic.




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