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December 31, 1997
2017 53rd Annual Air Rally
The Air Rally is scheduled to be held June 22-25, 2017 to Reno/Stead (KRTS),
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Time Until The First Starting Flag for the 53rd Annual Air
Click the image above to download the 2017 poster
(PDF). Print it out and post it at your local airport!
Congratulations to the 2016 winners:
Tim Ronan and Michael Saboff, Race 24
with just 86 points.
Click on the links for complete information and results for the 2016 Rally
Scholarships to EAA Air Academy
Each year the Rally offers scholarships to deserving students to attend the EAA Air Academy. In 2015, we sent three students to camp! The scholarship includes both tuition and airfare. This is an expensive but very worthwhile aspect of the Rally - aviation education.
If you would like to support this effort, even if you can't join us for the rally, please consider making a donation to help us defray the costs. If you are a member of EAA and you or your chapter have unused Young Eagle Credits, we can use those too! Please contact us to learn how to transfer those credits to support the scholarships.
Digital vs. Analog Class Entries
We have two entry classes: Analog Class and Digital.
- Analog Class (most gizmos banned): 1 point per second, 3 points for fuel for every .1% of fuel error.
- Digital Class: (all gizmos allowed): 3 points per second, 6 points for every .1% of fuel error
Whether you fly with a full glass cockpit, steam gauges or a yaw string, you get to choose which way you want to enter the Rally! Everyone is welcome!
The Rally awards much more than just 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. You can see some of the other fun awards for 2015 here.
Please use the links on the menu bar above to learn more about this annual event.
The annual Air Rally gives aviators a chance to test their flight planning, navigation and pilotage skills. The actual course is announced just before the Rally during the briefings (the checkpoints change every year and the exact course flown is chosen by the pilot). The course consists of two legs, each up to 250-300 nautical miles. See the past years for example courses.
Along the way there are several checkpoints which must be identified. Prior to departure from Hayward each pilot turns in estimates of their times and fuel consumption for each of the two legs.
Rally participants are scored on a combination of:
- Identifying Check Points
- Matching Predicted Time (to the second)
- Matching Predicted Fuel Used (to the tenth of a percent)
Penalty points are accumulated for misidentifying checkpoints (250 points each) and deviations from the time (1 or 3 points per second, depending on class of entry) and fuel estimates (3 points per 0.1% difference from estimated, with a 2x multiplier in the Digital Class). The lowest score wins, and our 2011 winner accrued just 64 points!
Sounds easy, doesn't it? Did we mention that for the Traditional Class, you may not use any of the following?
- Digital Fuel Flow Meter