The Air Rally

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Entry Information

Entry Requirements

The Rally is open to pilots (with at least a Sport Pilot license) of single and multi-engine piston aircraft with a minimum range of 400 miles.  Student pilots may participate as pilots if they are accompanied by an appropriately rated flight instructor, otherwise there are no restrictions placed on students.  Copilots/navigators need not be licensed, nor even a pilot, to participate.

The Craneman Rally Entry Scholarship

One of our long-time Rally participants has generously funded a scholarship to pay the crew entry fees for up to three first time rally crews. We would like to invite any CFIs, student pilots (must fly with a CFI), or flight schools to apply.

Application for the scholarship is simple: Indicate your flight school or club affiliation on the entry form page 2 and check the appropriate box on page 3. Do not pay any fees until contacted by the Rally Committee. Please submit your entry form by April 30 for scholarship consideration.

The award of this scholarship is at the sole discretion of the Rally Committee.

2018 Entry Fees

The entry fees for the 2018 Rally are listed below.

The basic entry fee includes the pilot and co-pilot entry, the awards banquet, access to the hospitality suite, and all the flying fun you can handle. There are additional charges for extra passengers.  The Rally entry fees are as follows:

Pilot / Co-Pilot $350 per team
Passengers $125 each
T-shirt $15 each
Polo Shirt $30 each
Extra Awards Dinner Tickets $75 each

You may now pay the entry fees online using Acceptance Mark or a credit card. This will be done with a secure PayPal transaction.  Please visit our Payment page.

If you pay the entry fees online using PayPal, you MUST still mail in your completed entry form.


Participants are responsible for making and paying for their own hotel reservations - this is not included in the Rally entry fees.


For 2018, hotel rates have not been negotiated in Hayward. If you need a hotel in Hayward, we suggest the La Quinta. It is just around the corner near the entrance to the Hayward Airport, and is within reasonable walking distance to the rally parking area of the ramp.

Note that AAA discounts for some room types appear to only be available over the phone. The hotel phone number is (510) 732-6300. This hotel is normally full during the rally, so reserve your room early!


In Reno, our host hotel is the Renaissance Reno Downtown by Marriott (formerly the Siena Reno).  The Rally Committee has reserved a block of rooms at a special rate of $119 per night, plus tax. Each participant must contact the hotel to secure and pay for the number of rooms they need. You are free to stay at other hotels as well.

You may book your room(s) online using this special link:

Book the special Renaissance group rate for the 2018 Air Rally

or by calling their toll-free number: 877-743-6233.  When calling, you must identify yourself as part of the Air Rally group to get the special rate.

You must make your Reno hotel reservations before May 24, 2018.  After that, the special rate is no longer available and the standard rack rate (currently $209!) will apply, if any rooms are available.  When making your reservation, please tell the hotel that you are part of the  Air Rally group to obtain the special room rate.

Download a Registration Kit

The Registration document is a PDF file - you'll need Adobe Reader v7.0 (or newer) to open it. To download the regisration kit complete the following steps:

  1. Download the 2018 Registration Kit here (PDF)

    If you don't already have it, you can get the free Adobe Reader from the Adobe website using this link: Get Acrobat Reader here, follow the instructions to install it on your computer.

  2. Print the form, fill it out and send it in with your entry fee, or use the online payment page to send your payment via PayPal. If you pay the entry fees online using PayPal, you MUST still send in your completed entry form.

    NEW registration option: This year, you can submit your completed registration form by scanning it and sending a PDF to the .

The entry form asks for certain information about the airplane to be flown in the Rally . If you are not certain of the correct aircraft designator and equipment suffix for your airplane - the aircraft information entered on an FAA flight plan - check the following links:

FAA Aircraft Type Designators

Aircraft Equipment Suffixes