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2021 - 57th Annual Hayward Air Rally - Course Information

2021 T-Shirt Art

The 2021 Hayward Air Rally was held October 2, 2020. 
The destination this year was Tracy, California.

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


Here's the 2021 Photo Gallery

2021 Logo

Congratulations to the 2021 winners:

Race 11 - Mitzi and Dave Saylor - Their second consecutive win which makes them members of the Masters Class!

Race 11

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 2021 Race Book is available for download here.

Checkpoints are to be overflown by Rally aircraft. Each checkpoint can be adequately identified from the air and a multiple choice question must be answered to prove that you properly identified each checkpoint. The answers to the 2021 checkpoint questions are here.

The two airborne timing points at Checkpoint Mike and Checkpoint Collins are also overflown and Rally officials on the ground will record the time overhead the timing line.  In 2021 we used custom built ADS-B data loggers (we call it the RallyAware, based on the PiAware project) to more precise calculate timing line crossings based on aircraft-generated position reports.

The 2021 course is described here to provide an example only, the 2022 course will be different, and will not be announced until shortly before the race during the briefing.

The 2021 course included the following checkpoints and stops:

The planned 2021 course:

2021 Course

The actual tracks flown by our racers:

2021 Tracks