1. All aircraft will be started with the fastest registered speeds launched first in order to prevent passing
on the course. All aircraft will be launched from Taylor airport (T74), proceed directly to the Start/Finish line thence direct
to Turn One.
2. Taylor’s UNICOM is 122.8. The race frequency is 123.45 and aircraft should transmit in the blind
when on top of a turn, e.g. "Race Two Six, Turn Two".
3. You will be racing against
the clock, not another aircraft.
4. All aircraft must pass on the outside at the turn points.
5. Racers must
turn on top any turn airport point airports at least 1000 ft AGL. Non-airport turn point altitudes are governed
by the FARs.
Heads up for non-race traffic! If traffic is in the pattern at a turn airport at the time you approach,
you have a choice to swing wide of the traffic pattern or climb well above the pattern altitude. The airport turn observers
will help with traffic information on receipt of your turn approach call.
If you are observed passing through
the airport traffic pattern at a low altitude you will be disqualified.
6. All racers note the towers
close to the race course. Be safe!
7. All pilots: Check your maps to find the closest airports to the race
course (private fields included). KNOW THEM FOR YOUR SAFETY.
8. KEEP YOUR
RADIO TUNED TO RACE FREQUENCY (123.45). IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM, CLIMB AND COMMUNICATE!
you execute a turn, announce your position on top the turn, e.g. "Race Two Six, turn two.", and a final call
before crossing the finish line e.g. "Race Two Six, finish, two miles". The finish call is particularly
important to give the timers a heads up that you are approaching, and who you are.
10. Make your calls crisp, clear
and short, to keep radio traffic to a minimum.
11. When at finish: Cross the finish line, climb straight ahead
if necessary to 1600 feet MSL and enter the Taylor pattern. If cool down is necessary, orbit to the South of the finish line
at or above 2,000 ft MSL. As you approach the Taylor
traffic area, change frequency to 122.8, the Taylor UNICOM frequency.
12. After finish and
cool down: Enter Taylor pattern (pattern altitude 1600 feet). Runway 35 is left traffic, runway 17 is right
This will be a busy time. Watch out and make standard uncontrolled field pattern radio calls.
race runs counter-clockwise from start to finish. Entrants will be started according to the Max Speed stated on their entry
forms, fastest first. This start order is used to prevent passing.
Stuff happens, however, and if any event occurs so
that a racer needs to pass the aircraft in front of them, they must pass on the outside of the turns – this would
be the right side of the aircraft being passed in a left turn, for instance. The passing aircraft must maintain visual contact
at all times! Remember the FARs state that the aircraft being passed has the right of way.
stated, all FARs must be observed during the race. In particular, the minimum safe altitude FAR bears review: