Introducing the iMonitor EMS:
iMonitor EMS offers owners of the
Tru Trak EDM the ability to monitor the
engine via the iPhone, iPod or iPad.
Available on the i Tunes App Store.
TS- 83 module.
once again closely monitored by rally officials, and all
paperwork is turned in. Let the scoring begin! How’d
There are a couple scoring “issues” I haven’t told
you about yet. If you’re not ready for your Hayward
engine start time: 100 penalty points; mis-ID a
mandatory checkpoint: 250 penalty points; orbiting in
sight of a timing line: 300 penalty points. You can be
disqualified if you do not cross a timing point or refuel
without a rally official present. Or, as it says in the
POH, “for wearing black socks with shorts.” Also, you
get a little break if you’re in the traditional class: a one-point penalty per second deviation from planned ETA.
(The digital class gets a three-point penalty per second
deviation from ETA.)
Lots of details? Well, yeah, but they all serve to
level the playing field to make it fair for all and to
discourage “trickery.” Besides, trickery is not the
point; good planning and good flying are the point.
Pilots who are up to meeting challenges wouldn’t
have it any other way. You’re competing against
yourself, really. The fun? Meeting the challenge!
That’s what makes flying, well, flying.
The difference between their estimated
and planned fuel use after 500 nautical miles? Four-tenths of a gallon. Think
they know something about flight planning and navigation?
I can’t go any further without telling you about
Chris, who basically is the “chairman” of the Hayward
Air Rally. I put chairman in quotation marks because in
the handbook he lists himself as “Supreme Arbiter of
Inane Discussions.” He also fills in as “Primary Arbiter
for Weather Manipulation.” (Everyone is always asking
him about the weather!) And, just guessing here since
it isn’t published, I’m thinking he’s also a member of
the “Black Socks With Shorts Police.” At any rate, he’s a
fun guy as well as being a serious and safety-conscious
aviator. He also has the work ethic of a honeybee
gathering pollen and is smart enough to figure and tally
the scoring sheets. He’s really a pretty incredible guy.
I have to give you an idea of the dedication and
volunteerism that goes with the rally. Steve, Chris’
brother, comes all the way from the East Coast every
year to help. Paul, who first contacted me about the
rally, said, “Some people do annual animal hunting
trips; I do the Hayward Air Rally.” The volunteerism
is EAA-like: too many to mention but all do yeoman