Air race touches down

This article reports on the London-to-Sydney Centenary Air Race held during the months of March and April 2001. While the article only gives a few pieces of data, students are able to gain a greater understanding of the data presented by using visual tools such as maps to give context to the information given. Students should be able to transfer this understanding further to plan another race using the same data given in the article. The article can lead itself to both further studies in mathematics and other learning areas, through key ideas such as why particular flight paths are chosen by airlines, why certain countries cannot be flown over or used as stopovers, world time zones, and the international date line, to give just a few examples.

(Written by Matt Groves, BTeach student, University of Tasmania, 2001)

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