The annual event challenges pilots to test their flight planning, navigation, and pilotage skills during two flight legs of from 250 to 300 nautical miles. All types of piston aircraft and all certificated pilots and guests may participate.
Flight planning is done the afternoon before the rally, after check-in. Each crew is given a detailed pilot’s operating handbook with the details of where they will be going, and procedures for the rally.
Before departing Hayward, each pilot must turn in estimates of expected flight time (takeoff to timing line) and fuel consumption (engine start to shutdown) for each of the two flight legs.
Participants are scored on a combination of checkpoint identification, matching the predicted time, and matching predicted fuel used.
Registration for the rally will close at 6 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on June 22.
Rally proceeds fund up to three EAA Air Academy Scholarships for deserving students.