The Chairwoman’s Challenge

The aim of this challenge is to undertake a flight on a theme, which is set each year by the judges.

A trophy is awarded annually to the BWPA member and pilot who has used her aircraft in the most imaginative and interesting way, and who has exhibited the highest standards of navigation and airmanship. In recognition of this being our 65th anniversary, the theme for this year’s challenge is Blue Sapphire.

The competition is open to any female member of the BWPA, including student pilots. The experience level of the participant will be taken into consideration by the judges.

The Challenge Logbook

Anyone taking part is required to provide evidence that their flight has taken place. Details of the flight should be presented in the form of a written Challenge Logbook, explaining the purpose and significance of the flight and including documentary evidence.

When acting as Pilot in Command this may include flight plans/route plans, weather details, aerial photographs of features and turning points, receipts for fuel/landing fees etc, and any other relevant documents. A copy of a signed pilot logbook entry will be required for flights undertaken as Pilot Under Training. If landing at an unattended landing site, such as a farm strip or field, then a photograph that includes the aircraft and any passengers and identifies the landing site will be required.

The judges will use your Challenge Logbook to note any difficulties encountered during the flight and will take into account examples of good airmanship.

The Rules

  1. The flight must be based on the set theme.
  2. The flight must be undertaken at any time between 1 May and 31 October 2020.
  3. The duration of the flight must be between 75 and 120 minutes.
  4. Flying time is defined as the time between takeoff and touchdown.
  5. Time spent on the ground, for example taxiing, cannot be included as flight time.
  6. One interim landing is permitted during the flight.
  7. The participant may act as Pilot in Command or as Pilot Under Training.
  8. If you are enterring as a team, all pilots and passengers must be included on the entry/declaration form.
  9. Details of the flight should be presented in the form of a written Challenge Logbook, explaining the purpose and significance of the flight and including documentary evidence (as outlined above).
  10. Completed entry forms and Challenge Logbooks must be with the judges by 1 November 2020 or 21 days after the flight has taken place – whichever is sooner.

How to enter

Fill in an entry form and send together with your completed Challenge Logbook as a pdf file to chairwoman@bwpa.co.uk. If you would prefer to submit a hard copy, please email the Chairwoman for address details; your Logbook will be returned at the following AGM, where the winner’s trophy is awarded.

See our Awards page for information on other awards on offer!

Previous themes and winners include:

2012 – Taking part in a precision flying event – winner: Annabel Cook

2013 – Taking part in a precision flying event – winner: Allie Dunnington

2015 – ‘Diamond’ – winner: Rosemary Clemo

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