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Skyhawks BadgeSkysport UK's Formation Flying and Air Racing Team

Our Chief Pilot, Roger Hayes, first started air racing on the 1st September 1984 when competing in the Round London Air Race from Stapleford Aerodrome. This was a 1 lap race around Greater London flown in Beagle Pup 150 and proved an exciting start to a long racing career. Competing each year since then, he has entered almost 200 air races, taking him to Ireland, Belgium, Holland, France and the Channel Isles as well as venues all over the UK.

The Skysport Race team at Alderney 2003

During this time he has competed in 22 King's Cup Races and came first in 4. His win in 1999 resulted in the presentation of the King's Cup Trophy by HRH Prince Andrew and a year later, in year 2000, he was award the RAeC Silver Medal to mark this achievement. Roger's greatest success came on the 21st August 2005 when flying his Beagle Pup 150 (G-TSKY) Race 2 at Shobdon Airfield, now making him the most successful pilot of this prestigious race.

Roger Hayes and the 2005 King's Cup win

On formation of Skysport UK in 1994 Roger commenced air race training programme for aspiring race pilots and this still remains the only air race training course available for Royal Aero Club championship air races. As training captain he has taught many pilots who have gone on to win prestigious air races. One such pilot became the winner of both the Schneider Trophy Air Race and the King's Cup!

Roger is the Royal Aero Club 'Race School' organiser and air race check pilot.

Pilots who attend the Skysport UK air racing course and successfully pass their race check flight automatically qualify for membership to The SkyHawks Air Racing and Formation Team.

The Air Racing Course

Structured for the Royal Aero Club's, Record Racing and Rally Association's championship air races, this course lasts one full day. It consists of a long briefing lasting 2 hours followed by three hours of intensive flying broken down into 3 of 4 flights, ending with the Race Check Flight.

A course training manual is provided free of charge.

Flying commences with an assessment flight and training is tailored to the needs of the pilot.

The emphasis is on safe, legal, low-level flight with special attention to precision racing turns and general racing technique. The racing turns include pulling 3g at full speed around 180 and 90 degree turns! A practise air racing track is utilised and the session ends with the perfection of these steep racing turns at the normal race height of 500 ft agl.

  1. Prospective Air Race pilots may use their own aircraft or by request may use a Beagle Pup 150 or Bulldog supplied by Skysport UK.
  2. It is the RAeC - RRR Associations requirements that prospective racers hold PPL's with at least 100 hours 'Pilot in Command' time before they are allowed to race.
  3. Race Pilots may also use Skysport UK Pups for Air Racing and if required, Air Race Check Flights can be coupled with aircraft type conversions.
  4. Over the past 7 years or so our club has fielded a 3 aircraft team and one of our members, Geoffrey Boot, consultant editor to Flyer Magazine, raced our Beagle Pup GTSKY to its first Kings Cup win in 2003. For Geoff, this was his second Kings Cup win! And in 2007 our newest racer, Neil Cooper won the King's Cup at his first attempt flying our North Weald based Beagle Pup, G-IPUP.
  5. Go to Compton Abbas and view a typical air race weekend.
  6. Skyhawks BadgeWhy not call us now and join The SKYHAWK Racing Team?

Beagle Pup and Bulldog Club celebrate its 21st Anniversary in an 18 ship flight formation.


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