*** It is important to remind pilots that after a prolonged period of lockdown they should look to sharpen their flying skills before attempting a Dawn to Dusk Challenge. The Competition requires a great deal of planning and appropriate regard to safety and Threat & Error Management. The Judges will take this into account when reviewing each entry. GASCo in the UK have a very useful checklist which starts by asking "Do I have the right recent experience and skill level to execute this flight safely?" You can find it by clicking here. ***
2020 Competition now open!
The Dawn to Dusk Competition, now in its fifty seventh year, provides a unique aeronautical challenge participating in a day's flying using an aircraft of the competitor's choice. The competition is an opportunity to further your flying, to expand your horizons and to give you the excuse you need to have the flying adventure you have always wanted to have.
If you are interested in entering the competition, please click on the 'How to Enter' tab below. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will come back to you.
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, in the hours between Dawn and Dusk, whilst undertaking an original and praiseworthy objective.
All that is required is for the competitor to set themselves a challenging goal with a theme and fly it. You then need to write up a detailed log of your preparations and flight. An example of a previously submitted log can be found here.
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 and testing centres. The only limit on the challenge you set yourself is your imagination! Many choose to link their challenge with a charitable endeavour, raising money as they fly. Examples of previous themes can be found below under 'Previous Winners and Themes'.
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.
An entry can be flown at any time of the year, with the cut off date for submission of your log falling on the last day of August. Entries received after this date will be entered into the following year's competition.
The competition was until February 2018 judged by a Panel of 5 aviators including the late former Test Pilot John Farley. For 50 years, from 1968 until 2018, the competition was coordinated by David Hamilton. David and his team of judges stood down in February 2018 at the Dawn to Dusk Awards Dinner and the mantle was handed to Sebastian Pooley, one of the judges.
In 2018, a new panel of judges was formed including:
Peter Benmax, Dawn to Dusk Judge since 1982
Tim Dawson, Owner, SkyDemon
Katherine Hodge, First Officer, Virgin Atlantic
Sebastian Pooley, Managing Director, Pooleys Flight Equipment
Ian Seager, Publisher, Flyer Magazine
In late 2018, the rules of the Dawn to Dusk Competition where reviewed and simplified. The competition is an opportunity to further your flying, to expand your horizons and to give you the excuse you need to have the flying adventure you have always wanted to have. We want the competition to be as easy to enter and fly as possible.
The rules are simple:
1. The competition is open to any qualified pilot, in any aircraft, from any country in the world, whatever your level of experience.
2. There is no charge to enter the competition.
3. Flights must be for a minimum of 4 hours airborne time between the hours of dawn and dusk and may start and finish from any place in the world.
4. You can pick any theme/objective you wish. Adding a charitable aspect is not a requirement but has become popular in recent years.
5. Entrants are required to complete and submit, after the flight, a detailed flight log on the forms provided or a GPS log of your track, accompanied by a written or video log. The written log must contain at least 1000 words.
6. All receipts for fuel and landing fees as well as any customs/GAR declarations must accompany the flight log, together with all charts/GPS printouts and weather reports used. Photographs of your start and finish points should include evidence of the start date/time and must be included.
7. The Entry Form must be completed in full. Failure to do so may invalidate your entry.
8. Any airspace infringement means an automatic disqualification.
9. Completed entries including your log must be sent to:
The International Dawn to Dusk Challenge
c/o Pooleys Flight Equipment Limited
by 31st August each year for entry into that year's competition.
Any queries regarding the rules should be addressed, in writing, to the Coordinator - email@example.com
In view of the rules as stated above, 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 ensure that they comply, 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 Competition will be judged by the panel of judges.
Each judge will read/view each entry/log and based on their personal decision, will order the entries based on who they feel has submitted the best entries. The judges will then convene as a group and agree the winning order of the entries overseen by the Coordinator. Their decision is final.
There is no official scoring but the judges will give due consideration to the following aspects of the flight:
a) Planning including originality, research and flight planning.
b) Flying including airmanship, difficulty, distance and planned/achieved ratio, airborne time and planned/achieved ratio and the observation of the rules.
c) Safety including threat and error management and appropriate equipment on board.
d) The Log including presentation and relevance, completeness and accuracy.
e) Handicapping including pilot and crew experience, disability and health, machine used and weather conditions.
The results will be announced as soon as possible and an awards Presentation and Reception will be held at the RAF Club, Piccadilly, London in January of the following year.
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 completing the Entry Form. The Judges reserve the right to reject an entry without having to assign a reason. The judges reserve the right to combine two years of entries should too few be received in one year.
The Dawn to Dusk Competition is sponsored by Pooleys Flight Equipment.
Details of the Awards Ceremony, when the results will be announced, will be forwarded to all entrants in due course.
1st Duke of Edinburgh Trophy (£1000 prize)
2nd Coventry Trophy (£500 prize)
3rd Tiger Club Trophy (£250 prize)
Pooley Sword - Best Presented Report and Log
Glenisla Trophy - Pilot and crew each having less than 75 hours in command
Icarus Trophy - Best solo entry
Long Distance Medal
Ladies Trophy - Awarded to an all female crew
Best Video Award
Every Competitor who finishes the Competition, in accordance with the regulations, and submits a log and written/video 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.
Thank you for your interest in the competition. Please complete your initials details below and we will send you the full entry form to complete by email.
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 56th year, provides a unique aeronautical challenge participating in a day's flying using an aircraft of the competitor's choice.
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