Hayward Air Rally

                Hayward Air Rally

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News and Announcements:

InFlight USA article on 2023 scholarship and rally winners
(PDF download of Aug 2023 issue, article on page 47)

2022 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 59 years!

We are pleased to announce

The 60th Annual Hayward Air Rally

will be held May 17-18, 2024

Registration is now open!

The 2024 rally will be a 1 leg event originating at Hayward and returning to Livermore. Other than a mandatory course and safety briefing Friday afternoon, all rally events will occur on Saturday. An awards banquet will be held Saturday evening at the Livermore Hilton Garden Inn.

2024 Entry Information and Registration Package

59th Hayward Air Rally
Download and post the rally flyer!

A tentative schedule of events will be as follows:

  • Friday May 17:
    • Noon - 4P - Early arrival checkin
    • 4P - Mandatory course and safety briefing (on-site and Zoom)
  • Saturday May 18:
    • 7:30-9:30A - Arrivals and checkin
    • 10A - Fly!
    • 3-6P - Hospitality suite at Hilton Garden Inn
    • 6P - Awards banquet

Countdown to the first starting flag:

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.

The Hayward Air Rally Ray Hazel Memorial Scholarship

Applications now open

Details on our scholarship page, or at the GoingMerry scholarship portal where we are taking applications.

The application deadline is April 22, 2024.

Congratulations to Race 77, Shawn Britton, for winning the 59th Annual Hayward Air Rally! As a first time racer!!

Race 77

Special Awards:

  • Masters Class - Race 11
  • Adversity Award - Race 00 (Did not start due to fuel sump leak)
  • Long Distance Participant - Race 74 (Home Base CGF, Cleveland, OH, 1875nm from HWD)
    • On top of that, they were Beijing residents on a general aviation tour of the US!
  • Tail End Charlie - Race 6
  • Best Fuel Score - Race 3 (0.1 gallon error)
  • Best Time Score - Race 9 (1 second)
  • Best Rookie - Race 77

Full 2023 Course information here.

Full historical rally results here.

The Hayward Air Rally Ray Hazel Memorial Scholarship

We are pleased to announce two winners of the inaugural Ray Hazel Memorial Scholarship for 2023:

Congratulations to Tram Do and Ashley Lin! Both are in the San Jose State University aviation program, and will each receive an award of $1000 towards their educational expenses. We wish them success in their endeavors!

We plan to post details regarding the 2024 scholarship later this fall. Please subscribe here for email updates.

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

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