EFLEVA wishes to raise awareness of the possibility for cross border flights by Experimental and Vintage aircraft and to encourage owners and pilots to fly internationally with their machines.
While EFLEVA operates through the member federations in each country, this award seeks to raise awareness of EFLEVA activities within the national associations, by creating a “Sporting” Event.
To keep the operation simple it is organised on a declarative basis. Pilots who wish to compete only need to declare and provide proof of their flight at the end of the competition. There is no pre-registration and no entrance fee is charged.
Individual pilots are required to visit as many ECAC countries as possible, by flying into a recognised airfield, using an aircraft which meets either the EFLEVA definition of Experimental or the EFLEVA definition of Vintage. Flights must be performed within the given time period.
Pilots must be member of one of the EFLEVA member federations and up to date with their membership subscriptions. Aircraft must meets either the EFLEVA definition of Experimental or the EFLEVA definition of Vintage.
Each flight must be performed in full compliance with the laws and rules of the countries concerned, including all necessary administrative approvals.
Visiting a country means flying in and making a full stop landing on a recognised airfield and obtaining independent proof of the visit. Flights may be round trip or chained in sequence. Each country may only be counted once and the home country counts as one. There is no limit to the number of times a country may be visited or crossed, to achieve flights to other countries.
Flights do not have to be sequential in the log book of the pilots. In other words a pilot may make any number of intermediate flights, not related to the award, between flights he wishes to be considered towards the award.
Qualifying flights must be performed between 1st January 2015 and 15th September 2015. Participants must declare their participation and provide full proof by 30th September 2015. EFELVA will publish the list of results by 10th October 2015.
The winning pilot will receive a commemorative certificate and will be invited to the Technical & Business Conference, which will be held at the end of October 2015.
Participation may only be registered by Internet.
The E –mail should indicate.
The name of the pilot.
The identification of the aeroplane and its certification and its date of manufacture.
The list of the dates of flights, the country and the identification of the claimed destination of each qualifying flight.
Scanned copies of the relevant proof should be attached to the e-mail.
Up to date national federation membership proof.
Aircraft qualification as Vintage or Experimental.
Log book entry for each flight.
Proof of visit, such as airfield stamp in log book, fuel receipt showing aircraft registration, or similar.
In the event of two or more pilots achieving the same number of visits, the pilot who has made he visits in the shortest time between the date of the first visit and the date of the last visit will be considered the winner.
The EFLEVA executive committee, as judges, have final decision on making the award. The EFLEVA executive committee reserves the right to exclude any claim or any flight, which does not comply with the rules of the competition if it is considered that it does not meet the requirements and spirit of the award.
A list of the ECAC countries can be found here:
The EFLEVA definition of vintage is as follows:
Vintage means an Aircraft, of which the flight of the first example of the same type took place at least 30 years ago and of which the manufacture of the last example of the type stopped at least 20 years ago. This is purposely a rolling time scale. This defintion applies to any machine built by an industrial concern, even if it is the only example of the type built. This includes Restorations, Copies and Reproductions.
In addition, any Aircraft, which has an historic or heritage value, but does not strictly fall within this definition, can be included.
The EFLEVA definition of Experimental is:
Experimental aircraft are those of which at least 51 % is built by an amateur, or a non-profit association of amateurs, for their own purposes and without any commercial objective.