Competition Rules

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NOTE UPDATES:
Giordan Lighthouse (Gozo) – position 36° 04’ 19” N, 14° 13’ 08” E
Madliena Fort – position 35° 55’ 51” N, 14° 27’ 41” E
(on the North Sector of Malta, indicated as MF on attached VFR  map)
Distance – GIORDAN Lighthouse to MADLIENA Fort – 14.51 nautical miles (26.67km)   

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ARRIVAL COMPETITION

1 To qualify for the Arrival Competition, an Entrant on his arrival  flight must:

1.1 comply with the ARRIVAL INSTRUCTIONS SECTION of this website, which is to be taken as part of these Rules;

1.2 pass not more than 1 km in horizontal passing distance from Giordan Lighthouse (Gozo), at not more than 10 minutes in time before or after his Allocated Arrival Time, at an altitude of 1,500 feet on QNH or as otherwise instructed by ATC;

1.3 not request radar or direction-finding assistance from Air Traffic Control in Malta before passing Giordan Lighthouse. Assistance requested during genuine emergency, or assistance originated by Air Traffic Control, will not disqualify.

2 The following system will be used to judge the Arrival Competition:

2.1 Accuracy of time of arrival – Each qualifying Entrant will start with 600 points, from which one point will be deducted for each second by which he is early or late on his Allocated Arrival Time when passing over Giordan Lighthouse.

2.2 Approach to Giordan Lighthouse – Each qualifying Entrant will receive from 0 to 50 points for the accuracy and steadiness of his approach to the Giordan Lighthouse, as judged from the time his aircraft is at 10km from the Giordan Lighthouse. For this purpose, the approach to Giordan Lighthouse must be on a steady heading and bearing at a constant altitude of 1,500 feet on QNH or as otherwise instructed by ATC, and at normal cruising speed and configuration. Any Entrant seen to be, at any time, circling or using any means of air speed adjustment (unless otherwise instructed to do so by ATC) other than normal engine speed control, will be penalised.

2.3 Accuracy of positioning over Giordan Lighthouse – Each qualifying Entrant will receive from 0 to 50 points for accuracy of positioning over Giordan Lighthouse. Direct passage over the Giordan Lighthouse will be awarded 50 points, reducing pro rata with horizontal passing distance to 0 points for passage of 1 km or more either side of the Giordan Lighthouse.

3 First, second and following places in the Arrival Competition will be awarded to Entrants in descending order of total points received under Rule 2. Should a tie on points for first, second or third place occur, the tie will be resolved by giving credit for the longest airborne time between the last take-off time and the actual arrival time over Giordan Lighthouse. Other ties in the Arrival Competition will not be resolved.

TIMED SECTION COMPETITION

Please see UPDATE at the top of this section.


4 The Timed Section Competition will take place between two points (A & B) on the Arrival Flight.

4.1 Point A is situated at Giordan Lighthouse (Gozo) at position 36° 04’ 19” N, 14° 13’ 08” E. Point B is situated at Madliena Fort on the North Sector of Malta (indicated as MF on attached VFR  map), at position 35° 55’ 51” N, 14° 27’ 41” E.

4.2 The distance between A and B is 14.51 nautical miles (26.67km).

4.3 Each Entrant will be allocated an Elapsed Time based on the cruising speed of the aircraft at 1,500 feet on QNH selected by the Entrant and declared on the Entry Form.

5 To qualify for the Timed Section Competition, an Entrant on his Arrival Flight, unless otherwise instructed by ATC, must:

5.1 comply with the ARRIVAL INSTRUCTIONS section of this website, which is to be taken as part of these Rules;

5.2 pass over Giordan Lighthouse (point A) in accordance with Rule 1.2 of the Arrival Competition Rules;

5.3 immediately after passing Giordan Lighthouse (point A) intercept, without circling, the direct track between points A and B, which is 125° 39’ 20’’ (T);

5.4 after intercepting the track of 125° 39’ 20’’ (T), fly straight to point B maintaining a height of 1,500 feet on QNH and pass not more than 0.5 km in horizontal passing distance from point B.

6.1 It should be noted that this is a Timed Section Competition and an inaccurate Arrival Time at Giordan Lighthouse in the Arrival Competition does not affect the Allocated Elapsed Time.

6.2 Judging of the Timed Section Competition will be carried out on Radar at Air Traffic Command Centre,   and any Entrant seen to be, at any time, circling or using any means of air speed adjustment (unless otherwise instructed to do so by ATC), other than normal engine speed control, will be penalised. In the event of an Entrant receiving ATC instructions which preclude his completion of this competition in accordance with these Rules, it will not be possible to arrange a second run.

7 The following system will be used to judge the Timed Section Competition:

7.1 Each qualifying Entrant will start with 120 points from which one point will be deducted for each second by which he is ahead or behind his Allocated Elapsed Time.

7.2 If an Entrant is more than two minutes in error on his Allocated Elapsed Time he will lose the maximum of 120 points for this competition.

7.3 First, second and following places in the Timed Section Competition will be awarded to qualifying Entrants in descending order of total points received under Rule 7.1. Should a tie on points for first, second or third place occur, the place will be awarded to the Entrant who started the section closest to his Allocated Time in the Arrival Competition. Should the tie still remain, it will be resolved as described for the Arrival Competition. Other ties in the Timed Section Competition will not be resolved.

FLIGHT PLANNING COMPETITION

8 To qualify for the Flight Planning Competition, an Entrant must arrive in Malta on the allotted arrival day in the aircraft he has entered and submit,  within 30 minutes of arrival, the following to Rally Reception:

8.1 official Flight Plans covering each sector flown between the initial point of departure and arrival in Malta;

8.2 documented evidence of pre-flight planning;

8.3 documented evidence of in-flight log-keeping, which must be those made during the flight;

8.4 documented evidence of fuel log-keeping.

9 The above documents are required for the whole of the journey from the Entrant’s Declared Departure Point to Malta. No maps or charts are required. Each qualifying Entrant will be awarded up to a maximum of 100 points as follows:

9.1 Pre-Flight Planning – maximum 40 points. The features assessed in judging include use of NOTAMS, ROUTE and TERMINAL weather forecasts, NAVAIDS, suitability of routings, accurate use of wind information to establish time and fuel requirements, alternate planning and correct completion of ATC flight plans.

9.2 In-Flight Log-Keeping – maximum 40 points. The features assessed in judging include ETA’s, ATA’s, logging of Communication Frequencies, Altimeter settings, Brakes-Off, Airborne, Landing and Brakes-On times. Due consideration will be given to solo Entrants and/or to the type of aircraft operated.

9.3 Fuel Planning – maximum 20 points. The features assessed in judging include optimum amount of fuel for the flight, fuel reserves and in-flight fuel log. Neatness and legibility will be assessed and marked as an integral part of each section.

10 First, second and following places in the Flight Planning Competition will be awarded to qualifying Entrants in descending order of points received under Rule 9. Should a tie on points for first, second or third place occur, the place will be awarded to the Entrant who has the better placing in the Arrival  Competition. Should a tie remain, the place will be awarded to the Entrant with the smaller Arrival Time error. Other ties in the Flight Planning Competition will not be resolved.

CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE

11 This competition will be run on a handicap basis and will in part be dependent on the year of manufacture of the aircraft (as specified in para. 13.5).

12 To qualify for the Concours d’Elegance, an Entrant must:

12.1 arrive in Malta, in the aircraft he has entered, on his allocated Arrival Day;

12.2 not clean the aircraft externally after its arrival; a reasonable amount of tidying up inside the aircraft will be permitted before handing over the keys;

12.3 prominently exhibit any safety equipment carried inside the aircraft;

12.4 exhibit on the aircraft an ‘International Air Rally of Malta’ sticker. If no sticker is available, Rallyists are to request the welcoming party for one immediately after ‘engines off’. An external cover should not be fitted until the aircraft has been judged. All reasonable efforts will be made to expedite judging of such aircraft.

13 The features and points scale on which each Entrant’s aircraft will be judged are in accordance with the “Organising Committee of the International Air Rally of Malta” marking system and are as follows:

13.1 Exterior condition, cleanliness, paintwork, and colour scheme : 0-40 points

13.2 Interior condition and cleanliness of seating, equipment, furnishings and carpets : 0-30 points

13.3 Layout of instrumentation and radio navigational aids, including extras, (stop watches, etc), for optimum safe pilot operation; quality of radio communication equipment and navigational aids, as suited to aircraft type : 0-20 points

13.4 Additional items carried for safety, as suited to aircraft type (dinghy, life-jackets, flares, emergency beacon, rations, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, torch, etc.) : 0-10 points

NOTE: Crews should ensure that all types of pyrotechnics are left in a shaded part of the aircraft.

13.5 To reflect effort on points gained under sub-para 13.1 and 13.2, Bonus Points will be awarded on the following basis:
13.5.1 Aircraft manufactured in 2018 or 2019 : 0% Bonus
13.5.2 Aircraft manufactured from 2010 – 2017 : 5% Bonus
13.5.3 Aircraft manufactured from 2000 – 2009 : 10% Bonus
13.5.4 Aircraft manufactured from 1990 – 1999 : 15% Bonus
13.5.5 Aircraft manufactured prior to 1990 : 20% Bonus

14 It will not be necessary for Entrant or crew to attend during judging, and no advantage will be gained thereby. First, second and following places in the Concours d’Elegance will be awarded in descending order of points received under Rule 13. Should a tie on points for first, second or third place occur, the tie will be resolved by considering the scale and adequacy of the safety equipment carried as suited to aircraft type. Other ties in the Concours d’Elegance will not be resolved.

AERO CLUB COMPETITION

15 This competition does NOT count towards the Air Rally Overall Competition.

15.1 To qualify for the Aero Club Competition, an Aero Club must enter a minimum of two aircraft. A Certificate of Membership of an Aero Club or any documentation showing current membership of an Aero Club must be produced by Arrival Day.

15.2 If more than two aircraft representing one Club are participating, the two highest-scoring aircraft from the Club in the Overall Competition will be considered as the Entrants.

15.3 The placings in the Aero Club Competition will be decided by adding together the two highest scores of any one Club in the Overall Competition.

15.4 Should a tie on points occur, the Trophy will be awarded to the Club, one of whose Entrants has attained the highest position in the Overall  Competition. Other ties will not be resolved.

LONGEST DISTANCE FLOWN COMPETITION

16 This competition does NOT count towards the Air Rally Overall Competition.

17 To qualify for the Longest Distance Flown Competition, an Entrant must:

17.1 have the pilot’s personal log book and aircraft journey log book or equivalent document, or landing fee receipt, or other written evidence, stamped and dated by the Airfield authority at a Declared Departure Point of his choice indicating latitude and longitude to the nearest minute of arc, which may be anywhere, proving to the satisfaction of the judging panel that his aircraft left his Declared Departure Point after Saturday 1st  June, 2019. Co-ordinates  (minimum six-digit figures) of the Declared Departure Point must be given;

17.2 have flown from his Declared Departure Point to Malta, in the aircraft he has entered for the Rally, arriving in Malta on his allocated Arrival Day,  without either Entrant or aircraft having made an intermediate visit to Malta;

17.3 submit the proof required in 17.1 to Rally Reception on arrival, such proof being to the satisfaction of the judging panel.

18 First place in the Longest Distance Flown Competition will be awarded to the qualifying Entrant who has arrived at Luqa Airport in the aircraft he has entered, from a Declared Departure Point farther by Great Circle distance from Luqa Airport than that of any other qualifying Entrant. Should a tie on distance for first or second place occur, the tie will be resolved in favour of the pilot having the lesser number of flying hours. Other ties in the Longest Distance Flown Competition will not be resolved.

SPOT LANDING COMPETITION

19 This competition does NOT count towards the Air Rally Overall Competition. Competitors will be judged for precision on landing.

19.1 Target zone is located 390m South of taxiway ‘Q’ as shown in the Spot Landing Drawing.

19.2 The distance from the centreline marker to the extremities is 50 metres either way.

19.3 The touchdown area is marked by three fixed distance markers on either side of the runway. The centreline target marker is made up of red and white bollards, while the two extremities of the target zone are marked by white bollards as shown in the Spot Landing Drawing.

20 To qualify for the Spot Landing Competition, an Entrant must, on passing Madliena Fort, follow normal Air Traffic Control procedures and land on the runway in use, touching down on both main wheels between extremities A and B.

21 Judges for this Competition will use recorded footage of landings.

22 The following system will be used to judge the Spot Landing Competition:

22.1 Each Entrant will start with a maximum of 100 points. Two points will be deducted for each metre he lands away from the imaginary line through the centreline target marker on either side of the runway. If an Entrant lands outside the extremities he will be awarded no points.

22.2 First, second and following places in this Competition will be awarded to qualifying Entrants in descending order of points received under Rule 22.1. Should a tie on points for first or second place occur, the place will be awarded to the Entrant who has the better placing in the Timed Section Competition. Should the tie remain, the place will be awarded to the Entrant with the smaller arrival time error.

AIR RALLY OVERALL COMPETITION

23 The Air Rally Trophy is a challenge prize awarded to the Entrant with the highest aggregate placing marks attained in the four qualifying competitions: Arrival, Timed Section, Flight Planning and Concours d’Elegance.

24 To be eligible for the Overall Competition an Entrant must have taken part in, and satisfied the requirements of, all the four qualifying competitions.

25 The maximum number of placing marks for each qualifying competition will be equal to the number of rally aircraft taking part in each of the aforesaid competitions. However, Entrants should note that in calculating the aggregate number of placing marks, those awarded in the Arrival and Timed Section Competitions will be multiplied by one point five (1.5), and those awarded in the Concours d’Elegance will be halved. The maximum number of placing marks will be awarded to the Entrant with the highest number of points in each competition.

26 First, second, third and following places in the Air Rally Overall Competition will be awarded in descending order of aggregate placing marks awarded under Rule 25. Should a tie on marks for a place occur which affects the award of any of the Air Rally Overall Competition trophies, the tie will be resolved by the method described in the second sentence of Rule 10. Other ties in the Air Rally Overall Competition will not be resolved.

27 The following persons have been appointed Stewards for the Rally. Their decision on any matter arising from the International Air Rally of Malta is final.

  • Capt G E Kissaun
  • Miss E M Vella
  • Mr N G Kissaun
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