Hayward Air Rally

                Hayward Air Rally

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News and Announcements:

General Aviation News article on 2023 scholarship and rally winners

2023 Course Information and Results

AOPA ePilot Article on 2020 Rally

Digital Class Scoring Changed

AOPA Pilot feature article

(Sep 2017 issue)

AOPA ePilot Article

General Aviation News Article

History:1970-1978 Results now available!

Check out the 1st Timer page if you would like more information about this event.

The Hayward Air Rally is the longest continually held proficiency flying event in North America. Having grown out of a personal challenge between Hayward city officials in 1965, the rally has now been flying for 60 years!

Congratulations to Race 77, Shawn and Owen Britton, for winning the 60th Annual Hayward Air Rally!

Shawn vaults into Masters Class in record time! Back to back wins in only his second year flying the rally!

Race 77

Official Results

Raw Data Results

Checkpoint Answers

The 2024 Rally Course Handbook

The 2024 Rally Scoresheet

Special Awards:

  • Masters Class - Race 11
  • Red Baron - Race 96 (broken alternator belt required plane swap the night before)
  • Tail End Charlie - Race 31
  • Best Fuel Score - Race 4 (0.01 gallon error)
  • Best Time Score - Race 11 (1 second)
  • Best Rookie - Race 6 - in a diesel DA-40! (first time we've had a Jet-A entrant)

More details on the 2024 rally are available on the 2024 course page.

The Hayward Air Rally Ray Hazel Memorial Scholarship

We are pleased to announce two winners of the Ray Hazel Memorial Scholarship for 2024:

Congratulations to Daniel Bolanos and Landon Abrar! Daniel is currently pursuing his private pilots license and will receive an award of $2500. Landon is working towards a career in airline route management and will receive an award of $1000. Both are currently attending San Jose State University. We wish them success in their endeavors!

We plan to post details regarding the 2025 scholarship later this fall. Please subscribe here for email updates.

What is the Hayward Air Rally?

The rally means different things to different pilots, but for all it's a combination of competition, challenge, and camaraderie. The event is open to all pilots (student and recreational pilots must be accompanied by a suitable pilot in command) and most piston-powered GA aircraft (including LSAs and experimentals).


The specifics of the rally course are released at the rally briefing. Participants flight plan for the course and produce flight time and fuel consumption estimates for each leg of the rally. Scoring is based upon the performance of the accomplished flight against the pre-flight estimates, course checkpoint identification, and navigation equipment used. Details on the competition structure may be found via the About links above.


While competition rules allow for the use of GPS navigation (and even digital fuel totalizers), many participants elect to use the scoring system that allows only "traditional" radio-based navigation aids - even if their aircraft are GPS equipped. As a proficiency rally, the course is designed to exercise cross-country navigation and pilotage skills. Enroute checkpoints have included identification of such items as bridges, distinctive buildings, and unimproved (think emergency) landing strips.


Not everyone who flies in the rally is in it for the competition. For some, the rally is simply a weekend getaway with a group of great fellow aviation enthusiasts. The rally provisions a "hospitality suite" at the destination hotel where participants can gather to socialize, hangar fly, and boast or commiserate over competition performance. There is ample free time to explore local points of interest prior to the awards banquet.

Whichever reasons appeal to you, we hope you'll join us at the starting line for this year's Hayward Air Rally! Entry information may be found here.

Read the

September 2017 AOPA Pilot Feature Article

"Racing Against The Plan" by Mike Collins

Sep 2017 AOPA article

2016 Informational Video

The rally over the years

Please use the links on the menu bar above to learn more about this annual event.