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AOPA ePilot Article
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History: 1970-1978 Results now available!
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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 58 years!
The 59th Annual Hayward Air Rally
was held May 19-20, 2023
Congratulations to Race 77, Shawn Britton, for winning the 59th Annual Hayward Air Rally! As a first time racer!!
- 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.
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For 2023, we are significantly changing the event format to allow for greater participation. Instead of a long-weekend destination, this year's 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.
A tentative schedule of events will be as follows:
- Friday May 19:
- Noon - 4P - Early arrival checkin
- 4P - Mandatory course and safety briefing (on-site and Zoom)
- Saturday May 20:
- 7:30-9:30A - Arrivals and checkin
- 10A - Fly!
- 1-5P - BBQ Lunch and social
- 5P - Awards
- 6P - Hospitality suite
Registration for the 2023 Hayward Air Rally has closed. Thank you for your interest and we hope you're able to join us next year!
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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.
Coming soon: A new Hayward Air Rally Aviation Scholarship!
For the past decade, the Hayward Air Rally has provided full tuition scholarships to the EAA Air Academy for deserving students in the Bay Area. Unfortunately, due to declining rally participation, increasing costs, and logistical challenges administering this scholarship, we have decided to suspend the Air Academy Summer Camp Scholarship.
We are working on creating a new scholarship to award monetary support to students endeavoring to join in the exciting world of aviation. Students aged 18 and older will qualify, whether they're embarking on a new career in aviation, or changing tracks from a different career. We hope to begin taking applications in April. Stay tuned for further information by signing up for here email updates.
The 58th Annual Hayward Air Rally
Was held June 3-6, 2022 from Hayward, CA (KHWD) via Redding, CA (KRDD) to Bend, OR (KBDN)
Congratulations to Rob Kirkpatrick and Chris Lea, Race 8
Winners of the 2022 Hayward Air Rally
For 2022, we returned to our long weekend
format and headed north to Bend, Oregon, a racer-favorite destination.
Full 2022 Course information here.
Full historical rally results here.
In an effort to allow people
to have Thursday and most of Friday for work or other
activities we shifted the schedule out by a day:
- Friday June 3: Impound and Course/Safety Briefing
- Saturday June 4: Fly!
- Sunday June 5: Fun day and Awards Dinner
- Monday June 6: Head home
If you would like to give the Rally a try with a smaller time commitment, consider this idea. You will participate in the Course and Safety Briefing, flight plan, submit your time and fuel estimates and fly just the first leg (HWD-RDD) of the Rally to get a practice score. After refueling in Redding, you are free to fly home at your leisure. Half-Rally participants will not be eligible for prizes or trophies. This is an opportunity to learn what is required and practice with our official scoring system and get ready to fly with us next year. There is a nominal fee of $25 to help cover our administrative and printing costs.
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September 2017 AOPA Pilot Feature Article
"Racing Against The Plan" by Mike Collins
2016 Informational Video
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.