The Dawn to Dusk Competition, now in its fifty fifth year, provides a unique aeronautical challenge participating in a day's flying using a flying machine of the competitor's choice.
Please note that the current competition rules and scoring system are under review. New details will be available from 1st February 2019 and entries cannot be accepted until that time. If you are interested in entering the competition, please email your details to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 was until February 2018 judged by a Panel of 5 experienced aviators including former Test Pilot John Farley. For 50 years, the competition has been coordinated by David Hamilton. David and the current team of judges stood down in February at the Dawn to Dusk Awards Dinner. The competition will now take a break for one year and entries will be accepted from 1st September 2018. A new team of judges will be created and the rules reviewed. The new team want to ensure that the competition is as accessible as possible to as many aviators from across the globe.
Please note that the current competition rules and scoring system are under review. New details will be available from 1st September 2018.
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.
|c. Flight Planning||20|
|c. Distance and planned/achieved ratio||10|
|d. Airborne time and planned/achieved ratio||10|
|e. Observation of the rules||10|
|a. Presentation and relevance||20|
|b. Completeness and accuracy||20|
|a. Pilot and crew experience||20|
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.
Any queries regarding the rules should be addressed, in writing, to the Co-ordinator.
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.
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.
1st Duke of Edinburgh Trophy
2nd Coventry Trophy
3rd Tiger Club Trophy Pooley Sword - Best Presented Report and Log
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
Long Distance Medal
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.
1st The Hamilton Half Trophy
The competition is taking a break for one year and new entries will be accepted from 1st November 2018.
As the rules are being reviewed during this time, we are unable to release any entry packs.
If you have any questions on the competition during this time, please contact:
WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR ENTRY!
|Year||Number of entries||Longest Distance Flown (NM)||Winner||Theme||Aircraft|
|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|
|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|
|2017||5||1022||Ian Butter||RNLI and Air Sea Rescue||PA28-181 Archer|
|Duke of Edinburgh Trophy||Ian Butter||RNLI and Air Sea Rescue||PA28-181 Archer|
|Coventry Trophy||Nic Orchard||Against Aerial Attacks WWI||Aeronca Champ|
|Tiger Club Trophy||Kathryn Hutchings & Paul Wheal||Spa Towns||Cessna F172E|
|Pooley Sword||Ian Butter||Best Log||PA28-181 Archer|
|Bonney Trophy||Nic Orchard||Against Aerial Attacks WWI||Aeronca Champ|
|Icarus Trophy||Not awarded||-||-|
|Family Trophy||Fiona & Angus Macaskill||Those were the days||Cessna 152|
|Long Distance Medal||Ruth Bridges & Dan Temprado||UNESCO UK World Heritage Sites||Piper PA28|
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The International Dawn to Dusk Competition, now in its 55th year, provides a unique aeronautical challenge participating in a day's flying using an aircraft of the competitor's choice.