OUR PROMISE

(our contract)

“Speed Rally/Air Racing is a mixture of symmetry, brotherhood and discipline”

 

In order to properly fly a Speed Rally/Air Race safely there are a number of responsibilities that must be understood and accepted by each flight member. These items are too numerous to be briefed before each flight but must be clear and accepted by each person depending on their position in the flight line up. This contract is to set out the tasks that are accepted, by each member, on every flight without fail. 

 

The flight lead (Aircraft Ahead - notified by the passing wingman behind) has the following responsibilities:

 

  1. NEVER MAKE ABRUPT MOVEMENTS, FLY SMOOTHLY.

  2. Avoiding conflict with traffic and other airplanes.

  3. Monitoring the radio to insure the wingman can contact the lead and report that the lead has radio contact.

  4. Discontinuing manoeuvre if it appears that a danger is looming CALL OUT BREAK BREAK BREAK. 

  5. When you have been identified as the lead  - Fly Smoothly and call CLEARLY when you need to break away or going to level out or change attitude or bank angle.

 

The wingmen have the following responsibilities:

 

  1. NEVER PASS DIRECTLY BELOW OR ABOVE THE LEAD, REMAIN ALWAYS WELL CLEAR OF THE LEAD ON THE LEADS PORT AND SLIGHTLY HIGHER THAN THE LEAD. 

  2. NEVER MAKE ABRUPT MOVEMENTS, FLY SMOOTHLY.

  3. Obtain the briefing prior to flight.

  4. Be ready to be called the lead in the duration of the flight.

  5. Call out, on the radio, other traffic observed and Lead Aircraft Ahead IDENTIFY CONTACT BEFORE OVERTAKING (Faster Aircraft to always past on slower aircrafts right - starboard of slower aircraft) 

  6. Don’t Hog the radio - Short and quick Calls to be made Example - “ SAVHANNA YOU MY LEAD - YAK 52 PASSING ON YOUR RIGHT”.

  7. Listen intently to the communication and respond correctly when appropriate.

  8. Execute the flight manoeuvres per the briefing.

  9. NEVER LOOSE SIGHT OF THE FLIGHT LEAD AND MAKE SMOOTH FLIGHT INPUTS WHEN IN CLOSE PROXIMITY OF OTHER AIRCRAFT AND TURNING POINT. This responsibility continues even if an aircraft accelerates to a position forward of an aircraft to its left.

  10. Advise lead IMMEDIATELY if you do lose sight of lead.

  11. Fly the best that you can. 

 

Race Start:

 

  1. Each pilot is responsible for maintaining their start up and taxi time, and for maintaining separation from the other aircraft. 

  2. The Competition Director will call you closer to the start line, and the Competition Starter will have the Official checkered flag in the down position.

  3. Watch the Starter, the flag will be lifted up when you have 5 seconds to GO TIME. (Apply full Throttle, breaks on)

  4. The starter will wave the flag to indicate GO GO GO TIME (LET GO THE BRAKES).

© 2018 by Jonty Esser