Hayward Air Rally

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2018 - 54th Annual Rally - Course Information

2018 Logo

The 2018 Hayward Air Rally was held June 21-24, 2018.  The destination this year was Reno/Stead (RTS), Nevada.

Click on these links to download PDF versions of the final score sheets:

View the 2018 Picture Gallery

Congratulations to the 2018 winners:

Rod Fite and Christopher Freeze, Race 7 with 119 points.

2018 Race 7 Crew
2018 Race 7 Launch
2018 Race 7 Trophy

Each of the Rally's two legs each include:

  • 1 Start Point
  • 3 Mandatory Checkpoints
  • 1 Bonus Checkpoint
  • 1 Timing Point
  • 1 Stop Point

The checkpoints, and therefore the course, change every year.  The required checkpoints which define the course are announced the day before the race (see the race schedule) at the briefing and are documented in the race book provided to each team.  The exact course flown is chosen by the pilot of each aircraft.  Remember, this is not a speed race, it is a proficiency event; accuracy counts.

So that prospective racers can get better idea of the materials provided during the briefing, a PDF copy of the 2018 Race Book is available for download here.

Checkpoints are to be overflown by race aircraft. Each checkpoint can be adequately identified from the air. The two timing points at Checkpoint Howie and Checkpoint Hallelujah are also overflown and race officials on the ground will record the time overhead the timing line. The answers to the 2018 checkpoint questions are here.

The 2018 course is described here to provide an example only, the 2019 course will be different, and will not be announced until shortly before the race during the briefings

The 2018 course included the following checkpoints and stops:

Approximate 2018 Race Course

This shows the actual GPS track data from most of the airplanes.  Not everyone flies the course in straight lines.

2018 GPS Tracks

Before Losing Checklist

Develeoped just for our race crews, we merrily present the Before Losing Checklist:

Before Losing Checklist Text