are penalty points for deviations from those estimates. Like golf,
the lowest score wins.
When you leave Hayward you must fly a specific departure route
that takes you over a mandatory start point, where rally officials
on the ground start your time by noting the rally number on your
aircraft. Today, your first stop is Redding (RDD), California, but en
route you have to fly over and identify three precise checkpoints.
For example, checkpoint No. 1 is N 37° 43. 41’ W 120° 53. 40’.
Yes, they also give it to you as Peterson Airport (CA17). At that
checkpoint they ask you the question (it’s in your POH), “At the
west end of the runway, how many T-hangars are just southwest
of ‘Hawke’ on the white concrete pad?” You are given a minimum
overfly altitude for each checkpoint and, of course, are to monitor
the rally frequency. Circling or “rooting around” looking for the
checkpoint is discouraged; besides, that just throws off your original
estimates. You’re beginning to get the drift (no pun intended), right?
This rally is about accurate planning and flying. And it’s about
challenge—something from which all pilots can benefit.
Before you start feeling the pressure, let me interject
something here: This is a competition, for sure, but it’s a friendly
competition. There’s a lot of camaraderie involved, and a lot
of good information is exchanged in the process. The whole
experience serves to make you a better pilot, and you gain a bunch
of new, like-minded friends in the process. It’s all to the good!
ALL THINGS ROTAX—PARTS TO OVERHAUL
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