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Pooleys Dawn to Dusk Challenge – Established 1964

– 53RD YEAR –

The Dawn to Dusk Competition, now in its fifty third year, provides a unique aeronautical challenge participating in a day's flying using a flying machine of the competitor's choice.

An entry can be flown at any time of the year with the cut off date for submission falling at the end of August. Entries received after this date will be entered into the following year's competition. All that is required is for the competitor to set himself/herself a target with a theme and fly it.

The Objective of Dawn to Dusk is to encourage the most interesting employment of a Flying Machine within the limits of competent airmanship and to demonstrate the capabilities of pilot and machine in a day's flying, during the hours between Dawn to Dusk, in terms of furthering some original and praiseworthy objective.

Over the past 50+ years winning and highly placed entries have been submitted from more than 14 countries including Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, Canada, United States and of course from across Europe.

There is a secondary competition called the Half which follows similar rules but encompasses 4 hours flying either in a morning or an afternoon.

Themes are diverse. Many have used historical events be it civil or military. Geographic, geological or environmental themes have become popular as well as old flying routes, test pilots or testing centres. The only limit might be the imagination of the pilot. Many choose to link their challenge with a charitable endeavour, raising money as they fly.

The competition is judged by a Panel of 5 experienced aviators including former Test Pilot John Farley. For 49 years, the competition has been coordinated by David Hamilton.

Further Information



The points basis on which the Competition is scored is set out below. The winner will be the Competitor scoring the highest number of total points under this system in accordance with the regulations.

SubjectsPossible Score
1. Planning  
a. Originality 20
b. Research 20
c. Flight Planning 20
2. Flying  
a. Airmanship 30
b. Difficulty 30
c. Distance and planned/achieved ratio 10
d. Airborne time and planned/achieved ratio 10
e. Observation of the rules 10
3. Log  
a. Presentation and relevance 20
b. Completeness and accuracy 20
4. Handicapping  
a. Pilot and crew experience 20
b. Flying 20
c. Equipment 10
d. Weather 10

Note: Failure to observe the regulations and complete the flight report in all particulars will result in loss of points. Serious omissions or inaccuracies may result in exclusion.



The Competition will be judged by a panel of judges. The results will be announced as soon as possible at an awards Presentation and Reception but it is unlikely that this will take place before the end of October. In recent years, it has been held in January at the RAF Club, Piccadilly, London.

Interpretation of Rules

Any queries regarding the rules should be addressed, in writing, to the Co-ordinator.

Breach of Regulations or other law

In view of Rule 3 (see Rules), and of the fact that neither Pooleys, The Tiger Club nor any other Sponsor exercises any supervision or control over Competitors, the following provisions shall apply:

a) It is the responsibility of each Competitor to see that he/she complies at all times with all relevant legislation currently in force regarding the airworthiness of Flying Machines, licensing of crew, operation of Flying Machines and so on.

b) Neither Pooleys, The Tiger Club, nor any Sponsor, nor any other organiser or official connected with the event accepts any responsibility to the Competitor or to anyone else for any of the following:

i) the financial or other arrangements of Competitors and intending Competitors.

ii) any breach of regulations or general law, or any negligent, reckless or other act or default whatsoever committed or omitted (as the case may be) by a Competitor.

iii) subject to section 2 of the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977, any death or loss, damage or injury of whatever nature caused to or by a Competitor.

iv) the arrangement of any insurance in relation to the Competition. Each Competitor is solely responsible for making whatever insurance arrangements are necessary. In the event of dispute, English law will prevail.

The Judges reserve the right to penalise any Competitor who, in their opinion, has taken unnecessary risks or demonstrated bad or doubtful airmanship. Competitors may be required to give a written or verbal explanation of any of the circumstances connected with the flight. Particularly blatant cases of bad airmanship may result in exclusion.

The decision of the Judges is final. It is pointed out that the Competitors agree to be bound by this, and all other regulations issued for the Competition, upon signing the Entry Form The Judges reserve the right to accept an entry without having to assign a reason.

Sponsorship and Awards


The Dawn to Dusk Competition is sponsored by Pooleys Flight Equipment Ltd. Details of the Awards Ceremony, when the result will be announced, will be forwarded to all entrants in due course.

Principal competition awards


Duke of Edinburgh Trophy


Coventry Trophy


Tiger Club Trophy

Pooley Sword

Best Presented Report and Log

Helicopter Trophy

The Glenisla Trophy

Pilot and crew each having less than 75 hours in command

Icarus Trophy

Best solo entry

Bonney Trophy

Best all ladies entry

Microlight Trophy

Long Distance Medal

Family Award


Every Competitor who finishes the Principal Competition or Half Competition, in accordance with the regulations, and submits a log and written report will be presented with a Certificate.

The awards will be available for presentation provided that, in the opinion of the Judges, there is a Competitor eligible for them.

Half Competition Award

The Hamilton Half Trophy

How to Enter

How to Enter

Entry packs can be obtained directly from the Co-ordinator as follows:

Email: david@pooleysdawntodusk.com
Telephone : +44 (0)1582 765072
Fax : +44 (0)1582 766724


Previous Winners and Themes
Year Number of entries Longest Distance Flown (NM)  Winner Theme Aircraft
1964     Don Lovell   Turbulent
1965     Don Lovell   Turbulent
1966     Robin Voice   Turbulent
1967     Paul Herring   RF4
1968 17 2027 Hubert Schnabel (Germany) 8 countries and 7 seas Mooney 20A
1969 21 2230 Hubert Schnabel (Germany) 12 EEC countries Mooney 20A
1970 23 1742 Mike Bialkiewicz (Poland)   RF4
1971 27 2100 Lucien Hankart (Belgium) Denmark and back C150
1972 21 1265 Mike Bialkiewicz (Poland)   RF4D
      Lucien Hankart   C150
1973 6 1256 Tom Foxworth (US) Early Kings Cup Races Stampe
1974 15 1416 R. Ashford & A. McClymont   Jodel 150
1975 14 1475 Tom Foxworth (US) Western Front WW1 Tiger Moth
1976 10 1540 Tony Cattle & Mike Wheatley 6 original EEC countries C172
1977 9 1283 Marlyn Wood & Alan Butcher Beginnings of man Condor
1978 7   Pat Holmes Most northerly and southerly UK headlands C150
1979 7 1531 John Blake & Stratton Richie Battlefields of the Irish Guards C150
1980     Charles Shea-Simonds & Amanda Mitchell   Stampe
1981 11 1405 Charles Shea-Simonds & Julie Hanks Private airstrips C150
1982 8 1893 Howard Cox & Christopher Turner Steam railways Piper Cub
1983     Howard Cox & Christopher Turner   C150
1984 28 2475 Eddie Coventry & Don Bullen 45 counties of England Piper Arrow
1985 12 1285 Charles Shea-Simonds & Sean Long Army Parachute Association BN Islander
1986 20 880 D. Southwell & D. Cook 8th USAF Shadow
1987 17 2500 Andre Dumas & Bob Purves (Canada) Fur trappers Baron
1988 9 1260 Christopher Harris & John Stevens Friesan Islands Rallye 180
1989 37   J. Laurance & L. Jones Fenleigh Pre-Reformation Cathedrals C152
1990 17 1366 T. Ankers Lord Dowding - A solitary man C152
1991 12 1493 T. Gauvain & D. Hughes Pro Utilitate Nominum Piper Cadet
1992 19 2351 M. McCormac & J. McCormac The Civil War Cherokee Cruiser
1993 17 1111 M. McCormac Operation Chastise PA140
1994 17 1457 C. Dodds & R. Smith Lost names of British Aviation Hornet Moth
1995     Marcus Palmer & John Pile National Trust Gardens C172
1996     Beryl Thorpe & Janet Higginbotham Capability Brown MS880
1997/1998     Larry Webb & Maureen Elliott   Piper Arrow
1999     Alan James & Alan Watson   Air Camper
2000 15   Tim & Jenny Whitome Scottish Islands PA17
2001 20 954 Trisha Nelmes & Helen Krasner Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 C152
2002/2003 10 960 Tor Richvoldsen Wooden Hotels PA28
2004 15 727 Marion McCall & Bishop David McCall (Australia) Beating the Bounds, Bunbury WA C172
2005/2006 24 1282 Anthony Davis Motor Racing Circuits PA28
2007 10 906 Marion McCall & Bishop David McCall (Australia) Crossing the Nullebor Plain, Australia C172
2008/2009 15 1398 Colin Hales Round UK Rand KR2
2010 10 1703 David & Patrick Joyce Half a million islands Europa X5
2011 7   Mike Roberts & Kim Towle Most airfields in one day PA28
2012/2013 7   Marion & David McCall (Australia) The Eyre Adventure Cessna 172
2014-16 9 1420 Fiona & Angus Macaskill Powering over Paragliders Vans RV9A
2014-16 Trophy Winners
Trophy Recipient(s) Theme Aircraft
Duke of Edinburgh Trophy Fiona & Angus Macaskill Powering over Paragliders Vans RV9A
Coventry Trophy David Monks & Rusty Waughman Rusty and 101 Squadron WWII Robinson R22 Beta
Tiger Club Trophy Geoff Scott & Richard Warriner Lighthouses of France Cessna 185/Skywagon
Pooley Sword Fiona & Angus Macaskill Best Log Vans RV9A
Bonney Trophy Ruth Bridges & Lucy Youde UK Piers Cessna 172
Icarus Trophy Colin Hales Circumnavigation of Iceland Rand KR2
Helicopter Trophy David Monks & Rusty Waughman Rusty and 101 Squadron WWII Robinson R22 Beta
Long Distance Medal Mike Plomer-Roberts & Chris Clarke UK Islands Challenge Piper PA28 Archer

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