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June 29, 2010 > Hayward Air Rally 2010

Hayward Air Rally 2010

Submitted By Paul Buenrostro

Morning broke with beautiful VFR (flight visual rules) flying weather, a forecast warning of strong headwinds along the course added some challenge for 27 General Aviation flight crews as they competed in the 46th Annual Hayward Air Rally on June 11, 2010.

The rally course was announced the day before the event. This year's course consisted of two legs, each approximately 250 nautical miles. As was the case last year, the first was from Hayward (HWD) to Redding (RDD), California. The second extended from Redding to Bend (BDN), Oregon. Each rally leg contained multiple checkpoints which flight crews had to identify visually. Prior to departure from Hayward, each pilot turned in estimates of their en route flight times and fuel consumption for each of the two legs.

"The landing points might be the same as last year but the check points and route(s) are different," explained Chris Verbil, Chair of the Hayward Air Rally Committee. "Course design is based initially on experience, reading charts and some local knowledge. I fly the course before the rally to ensure that what is required of the pilots and their aircraft is safe and realistic."

Traditionally flown without the use of GPS, LORAN, DME, RNAV or Digital Fuel Flow Meters, flight teams are scored on their ability to precisely predict flight times and fuel consumption en route to the two required landing points. Flight crews are scored on a combination of identifying check points, matching predicted time (to the second) and matching predicted fuel usage (to the tenth of a gallon). The lowest score wins. Penalty points are accumulated for incorrect identification of checkpoints and deviations from time and fuel estimates.

David Hindi and Jeff Zalewski from San Jose won the 2010 Hayward Air Rally. After flying the event together for five years never placing lower than fifth, these two pilots finally broke through and led the field. They flew as Race 20 in a Cessna 172 and scored 72 points. Last year's winner, Samuel Sun, flew solo again and placed second as Race 73 in a Grumman Tiger with 107 points.

This annual event is organized by the Hayward Air Rally, Inc., a charitable non-profit (IRS 501c3) organization that promotes aviation safety through competition in skills-based events. Proceeds from this year's rally were used to fund two fully-paid summer aviation camp scholarships for deserving Bay Area youth.

Eighteen-year old Grace Feng of Mt Eden High School, Hayward, and 14-year old Tom Kelbert of Leland High School, San Jose, are the winners of the 2010 Hayward Air Rally scholarships and will attend the Experimental Aircraft Association's (EAA) Air Academy in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, later this summer. Both were invited to act as flagmen for the competitors' take-off from Hayward Executive Airport.

Major corporate sponsors included AirBP, Air Chart Systems, Arctic Air Cooler, Atlantic Aviation, the City of Hayward, ICOM America, the City of Redding, and Sean D. Tucker's Tutima Academy of Aviation Safety. The event was also supported by the Alameda County and Mount Shasta chapters of the 99s, the International Association of Women Pilots.

This was the Air Rally's second visit to Oregon. The 47th annual Hayward Air Rally is tentatively scheduled to return to Redding and Bend in June 2011.

For more information, visit the event web site:

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