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Read the EAA Sport Aviation article about the 2011 Rally (1.3 MB PDF) © 2011, Experimental Aircraft Association, Inc., and Lauran Paine, Jr. Used with permission
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December 31, 1997
Hayward Air Rally
is scheduled to be held
June 20-22, 2013
Time Until The First Starting Flag:
Congratulations to Race 73, Sam Sun (flying solo!) the 2012 winner with only 109 points.
This is Sam's second Rally win, which vaults him into the Master Class. Wow!!
The 2012 scoring results are now available.
Special 2012 Awards
|Performance Award||Race 11, Mitzi Saylor|
|Red Baron Award||Race 3, Scott Alaway and Jessica Allaway Bessler|
|Worst Fuel Score||Race 41, Robert Larkin & Shelia Larkin|
|Best Overall Time Score||Race 24, Hal Beers & Michael Saboff (5 seconds total!)|
|Best Renter||Race 77, Derek Au & Dennis Lou|
|Worst Time Score||Race 42, Mike Smith|
|Tail End Charlie||Race 41, Robert Larkin & Shelia Larkin (8124 points)|
Please use the links on the menu bar above to learn more about this annual event.
The annual Hayward Air Rally gives aviators a chance to test their flight planning, navigation and pilotage skills. The actual course is announced the day 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 nautical miles:
- Hayward, California (HWD) to an intermediate refueling stop (RDD - Redding, California for 2011)
- The intermediate stop to the destination airport (BDN - Bend, Oregon for 2011)
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
Now does it sound a bit more challenging?