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Pooleys announces 2022 Dawn to Dusk competition

The Pooleys International Dawn to Dusk Competition for 2022 has been launched. Closing date for entries is 30 September 2022.

The Dawn to Dusk Competition, now in its 59th year, is an aeronautical challenge comprising of a day’s flying using an aircraft of the competitor’s choice to have a flying adventure.

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 a challenging goal with a theme and fly it. You then need to write up a detailed log of your preparations and flight.


Previous entries published by FLYER include:


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 September 2022. Entries received after this date will be entered into the following year’s competition.

The panel of judges:

  • Peter Benmax, Dawn to Dusk Judge since 1982
  • Tim Dawson OBE, Owner, SkyDemon
  • Katherine Hodge, First Officer, Virgin Atlantic
  • Sebastian Pooley, Managing Director, Pooleys Flight Equipment
  • Ian Seager, Owner, Flyer Magazine and Pilot Career News
  • The Duke of Edinburgh’s Message 1993

Trophies and Awards

  • 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
  • Helicopter Trophy
  • Glenisla Trophy – Pilot and crew each having less than 75 hours in command
  • Icarus Trophy – Best solo entry
  • Microlight Trophy
  • Long Distance Medal
  • Bonney Trophy – Awarded to an all female crew
  • Family Award
  • Best Video Award

Click here for How to Enter

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