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2019 - 55th Annual Hayward Air Rally - Course Information

2019 Logo

The 2019 Hayward Air Rally was held May 16-19, 2019. 
The destination this year was Laughlin/Bullhead (IFP), Nevada.

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

View the 2019 Picture Gallery

Congratulations to the 2019 winners:

Rod Fite and Hugh Gregg, Race 7 with 122 points.


This places both Rod and Hugh in the Master Class for future Rallies. 


Race 7 -
              Plane

2019
              Race 7 Fueling

2019 Race
              7 Start

Race 7
              Trophies







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 2019 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 2019 checkpoint questions are here.

The 2019 course is described here to provide an example only, the 2020 course will be different, and will not be announced until shortly before the race during the briefings

The 2019 course included the following checkpoints and stops:

Approximate 2019 Race Course

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

2019
              GPS Tracks

Aerial Artwork.  Race 73 had a little time to burn out in the desert.  So, he decided to fly his race number - very impressive!

Race 73 GPS Track

Before Cheating Checklist

Developed by one of our race crews, we are concerned that no one is using the Before Cheating Checklist.  It might have worked better if they'd checked the last item on the list...



Before Cheating
            Checklist