Hayward Air Rally

Hayward Air Rally

News and Announcements:

Preliminary Race Book (no checkpoints) is now available


Join for only a portion of the Rally


Racer Update Email Archive


Rules and scoring updated for the 2014 Rally


2014 Entry Kit is now available


New: History - 1965-1969 Race Info


2014 Fuel Calibrations


Article by Gil Takemori


Scholarship Recipients Announced


EAA Press Release


Updated 9-Jan-2014: 2014 Lodging Information - Make Your Reservation at all the stops on the route


2014 - 50th Anniversary Rally Announcement


2013 Course now available - movie and photos too!


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New for 2014:

50th Annual Hayward Air Rally

July 24-27, 2014

2014

In 2014, the Hayward Air Rally is going to Oshkosh!
For more information about this grand flying adventure, please click here.

Hotel and lodging information is available here.

The entry application form is available here.

2014 Route

The click is ticking down...we are less than a week from launch! Are you ready??

Race 53 is getting ready in style and has decorated the plane for the occasion:

Race 53 Map

 

Interested in joining for only part of the Rally?
Check out your Partial Rally options here


Time Until The First Starting Flag for the 50th Annual Rally:


Scholarships to EAA Air Academy

Each year the Rally offers scholarships to deserving students to attend the EAA Air Academy. In 2014, we are sending seven 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 suport the scholarships.

Thank you!


Digital vs. Analog Class Entries

We have two entry classes: Analog Class and Digital.

See the official Class definitions and scoring rules here. Quick scoring summary:

  • 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

You may now enter in Analog Class or Digital Class independently for Navigation (Timing) and Fuel. See the rules and scoring explanation pages for more information.

Glass Cockpit
Steam Gauges

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!


Entry Checklist

Are you ready to go to Oshkosh? Follow this checklist to be sure that you've completed all the required steps:


The Rally awards much more than just 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. You can see some of the other fun awards for 2013 here.


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

Rally Description

The annual Hayward 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). Each day's 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?

  • GPS
  • LORAN
  • DME
  • RNAV
  • Digital Fuel Flow Meter

Now does it sound a bit more challenging? Of course, if you really want to use GPS and digital fuel flow, you can enter in the Glass (or Digital) Class and your scoring rules will be a little different.