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“Show of hands. Who stayed up past midnight grinding
“If we didn’t win, it’s cold cuts tonight.”
“I’m used to using everything. This time it was just me and that
The next night after the rally is a banquet and awards ceremony.
The results are revealed, trophies are given, and there are cash
awards, too. And “Tail End Charlie” (most points) gets an award,
also. It’s no disgrace, though, because they by-golly stepped up to
the plate and played the game! This year’s winner? Paul Buenrostro
and his copilot, Kregg Cammack. Here’s the thing about Paul: He
first competed in the rally before he was a pilot. This was his and
Kregg’s fifth year of flying the rally together. 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? (If you want every rally result, you can find it on
I mentioned in the beginning the three EAA Air Academy
scholarships that the rally awards. The Hayward Air Rally
combined with some Northern California and Central Oregon EAA
chapters to award the scholarships, to include tuition and round-trip airfare, one for each of the three airport areas: Hayward,
Redding, and Bend.
How’s that? Flying proficiency, camaraderie, fun, challenge, and
three EAA Air Academy scholarships all rolled into the rally you’ve
never heard of (until now), the Hayward Air Rally. That’s good stuff
in my book.
Want more? Here’s what they’re thinking: For the 50th
anniversary of the rally, they’re considering flying all the way from
Hayward to AirVenture! How cool would it be to win the best
planning and navigation award from the West Coast all the way to
Oshkosh, Wisconsin? That’d be a mighty fine feather to put in any
aviation awards bonnet!
Lauran Paine Jr., EAA 582274, is a retired military pilot and retired airline pilot. He
built and flies an RV- 8 and has owned a Stearman and a Champ. Learn more about
Lauran at his website, www.ThunderBumper.com.