Saturday June 12
7:30-9:30 am Check in. Aircraft must line up in launch order on ramp before briefing.
9:30 am Mandatory briefing-location TBA
10:20 am Racers at aircraft ready to start engines. We have
to launch promptly at 10:30.
10:30 am Race Start
Ceremony and Meal following race.
This is an open course, timed race open to all propeller driven aircraft.
Aircraft launch in speed
order, fastest first.
The Sport Air Racing League classes will be used and offer racing for experimental and factory
Flying will be VFR only with race minimums 1000’ ceiling and 3 miles visibility. On course minimum
en route altitude of 500 AGL or higher according to FAR’s.
All FAR’s are to be strictly adhered to.
Pilots must be legal to fly and qualified to fly the aircraft they are racing.
must be airworthy and in annual.
INSURANCE IS REQUIRED.
There will be a $30 race
fee (cash or check only)
Electronic entry: www.sportairrace.org, Click on Calendar of Events, Great Northwest Air Race
You do not need to be a Sport Air Racing League member to race.
Upon signup, racers will receive a complete briefing packet via email.
Information and entry over the telephone or email:
Tim Bovee, 509/421-8802, [email protected]
2010 Great Northwest Air Race Rules and Information
The Great Northwest Air
Race is a timed speed event with propeller driven, piston or turbine powered fixed wing aircraft. They will be competing
in performance classes over a set route of approximately 100 or 150 statute miles. All flying is conducted under daylight
VFR conditions and in strict compliance with the applicable FAR’s. To assure maximum safety for all participants,
aircraft will be launched in order of speed, fastest first.
your intent to participate as soon as possible and reconfirm your entry by email or phone no later than June 7, 2010.
However, no pilot will be turned away and entries will be accepted the day of the event up until the start of the mandatory
Ensuring compliance with all Federal Aviation Rules.
Ensuring sufficient fuel is carried for flying
the event and a safe reserve.
Providing all required documentation, proof of INSURANCE.
Have all occupants
of aircraft sign a “Release of Liability”.
Pay the check in fee of $30 (cash or check only).
Additional crew/passengers may be carried but only one licensed pilot is
BEFORE THE RACE
Pilots must be familiar with and ready to fly the race
route prior to arriving at the start. All information and procedures are available by Email.
A complete and thorough mandatory briefing will be given at the start of the event. Registration packets will contain
hard copies of all course instructions.
Aircraft should have a Race Number on the aircraft but it is not mandatory to
participate. The race number should be on both sides of the aircraft if possible. Numbers need to be 18”
high by 12” wide with the number segments 3” wide. Color should stand out from aircraft color and be outlined
as necessary to be visible. Variations are accepted. Permanently affixed numbers and the usage of two or three
digit N# numerals if they are of the required size are acceptable. Numbers on the fuselage and/or under the wings are
Check in as soon as practical on arrival. At this time you must provide all required documentation and sign
“Release of Liability” and pay fees. Fuel and park in designated spot and have your aircraft ready for race
start prior to briefing. Launch window is very tight and must go smoothly.
All pilot briefings are MANDATORY.
If you are not briefed you will not participate.
FLYING THE RACE: Long course A
start up, tune radio to 123.0 and listen only.
Line up in race order before taxiing to run-up area.
When race is
about to begin you will be directed to line up behind hold line.
If unable to start as directed, you may go to the back
of the line.
Race official will launch aircraft at approximately 30 second intervals.
When it is your turn
to start you will be directed to cross hold line and you are free to go.
The timer will start when you reach the far
end of the runway and cross Grant road.
Proceed to turn one @ 47°28'19"N 120°19'44"W climbing
to at least 1700 msl within 2 mi.
Turn one is a right around the west end of the Columbia River Bridge.
to 122.9 after turn one.
Fly to turn two ANDERSON FIELD (S97) and make a right turn around the center of runway.
Turn three is MANSFIELD (8W3) where you will round the NE end of runway.
Turn four is QUINCY MUNI (80T) turn around
the ESE end of the runway.
Watch for converging traffic as fast and slow racers join here. Radio calls important.
Proceed towards the finish line at Wenatchee. Approximately 47°24'8"N 120°11'17"W
radio to 123.0, five miles after Quincy or when you are assured of no oncoming race traffic.
Be sure to announce your
race number one mile out for the timers
Race finish will be a line drawn between the end of Rwy 25 and the Veedol water
Go to 2200msl and either cool down in the briefed orbit pattern or fly a normal pattern entry.
THE RACE: Short course B
At engine start up, tune radio to 123.0 and listen only.
Line up in race order
before taxiing to run-up area.
When race is about to begin you will be directed to line up behind hold line.
unable to start as directed, you may go to the back of the line.
Race official will launch aircraft at approximately
30 second intervals.
When it is your turn you will be directed to cross hold line, please do so and depart immediately.
The timer will start when you reach the far end of the runway and cross Grant road.
Proceed to turn one @ 47°28'19"N
120°19'44"W climbing to at least 1700msl within 2 mi.
Turn one is a right around the west end of the Columbia
Tune radio to 122.9 after turn one.
Fly to turn two, WATERVILLE (2S5) and turn around the center of
Turn three is QUINCY MUNI (80T) turn around the ESE end of the runway.
Watch for converging traffic
as fast and slow racers join here. Radio calls important.
Proceed towards the finish line at Wenatchee. Approximately
Tune radio to 123.0 five miles after Quincy, or when you are assured
of no oncoming race traffic.
Be sure to announce your race number one mile out for the timers
Race finish will be
a line drawn between the end of Rwy 25 and the Veedol water tower.
Go to 2200msl and either cool down in the briefed
orbit pattern or fly a normal pattern entry.
If you must land during the race or do not complete the course, notify
a race official as soon as possible. 509-421-8802
AFTER THE RACE
Scoring will be done
immediately after the finish of race.
Results will be made known as soon as the scoring is final.
A 5 knot penalty for not following briefing or procedure instructions.
Disqualification if Federal
Aviation Regulations are violated.
Disqualification if the timing line is not flown.
Safety maneuvers will not be
1. Wenatchee’s UNICOM is 123.0. The race frequency
is 122.9. You will switch to 122.9 after leaving Wenatchee airspace and return to 123.0 five miles after Quincy.
Aircraft with two radios may want to monitor 123.3 for soaring traffic over the basin area. Aircraft should transmit
in the blind when approaching each turn. e.g. "Race Two Six Quincy, 2 Miles", and then when on top of turn "Race
Two Six, Quincy.
2. You will be racing against the clock, not another aircraft.
3. All aircraft must pass outside
of the turn points.
4. Racers must turn on top all turn point airports at least 1000 ft AGL.
Heads up for non-race
traffic. The airport turn observers will help with traffic information on receipt of your turn approach call.
are observed passing through the airport traffic pattern at a low altitude you will be disqualified.
5. The race runs
clockwise from start to finish. Entrants will be started according to the Race Speed stated on their entry forms, fastest
first. This start order is used to prevent passing. However, 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 course – this would be the left side of the aircraft being passed.
The passing aircraft must maintain visual contact at all times! Remember the FARs state that the aircraft being passed has
the right of way.
6. When you approach the finish line make a final call before crossing the finish line e.g. "Race
Two Six, finish, 1 mile". The finish call is particularly important to give the timers a heads up that you are approaching,
and who you are.
7. KEEP YOUR RADIO TUNED TO RACE FREQUENCY (122.9). IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM, CLIMB AND COMMUNICATE! (All
turn observers have radios and will be there to help). 122.9 is the CTAF/UNICOM frequency for all turn airports, except ANDERSON
FIELD, 123.0 will be for start and finish, so listen up for traffic as you approach their areas.
8. Make your calls crisp,
clear and short, to keep radio traffic to a minimum.
9. As you approach the Wenatchee traffic area, change frequency
to 123.0, the Wenatchee UNICOM frequency. When at finish: Cross the finish line, climb if necessary to 2200 feet MSL continuing
on the extended course line until the river. You may either enter the pattern or cool down orbit from this point.
10. If cool down is necessary, orbit to the South of the extended runway 12/30 centerline and enter a normal 45for active
runway when ready. Wenatchee pattern altitude is 2200 feet. Now is the time to listen and talk on the radio, the
pattern will be busy. Runway 30 is left traffic, runway 12 is right traffic. Watch out and make standard uncontrolled
field pattern radio calls.
11. As stated, all FARs must be observed during the race. In particular, the minimum safe
altitude FAR bears review:
Sec. 91.119 Minimum safe altitudes: General.
Except when necessary for takeoff
or landing, no person may operate an aircraft below the following altitudes:
(a) Anywhere. An altitude allowing, if
a power unit fails, an emergency landing without undue hazard to persons or property on the surface.
(b) Over congested
areas. Over any congested area of a city, town, or settlement, or over any open air assembly of persons, an altitude of 1,000
feet above the highest obstacle within a horizontal radius of 2,000 feet of the aircraft.
(c) Over other than congested
areas. An altitude of 500 feet above the surface, except over open water or sparsely populated areas. In those cases, the
aircraft may not be operated closer than 500 feet to any person, vessel, vehicle, or structure.
13. HAVE FUN
RUNNING THIS RACE, BUT KEEP IT SAFE!