How to Judge the Races
  Walter Lees
Walter Lees,
Civilian Pilot of
Dayton, Winner of Com-
mercial Craft Event at
St. Ouis Races
Race Supervision

     All aeronautical events, in order to be officially recognized, are controlled and conducted under the rules and regulations of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, which is the international sporting body of the Aeronautic Association, headquarters, 1623 H Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. This Asso- ciation supervises all races, provides for proper timing and authenticates all records.
     The International Air Races at Dayton have been sanctioned by the National Aeronautic Association and are conducted under the rules and regulations of the F. A. Il. The Official Timers, Mr. Odis A. Porter and Mr. Chester H. Ricker, usa a certified electric timeing apparatus of which there is only one of its kind in the world. This device, which is controlled by a ship chronometer, is extremely accurate. It records the time that each plane crosses the starting and finishing line and prints the time thus taken on a strip of paper, in hours, minutes, seconds and hundredths of a second.
       All turning pylons are coupled to the Timer's Stand with a continuous telephone circuit. The judges stationed at each of these turns is in constant communication with the telephone operator on the Timer's Stand and reports immediately each time a plane turns a pylon; also
if there are any accidents on the course.
Score Boards
     Planes will start as indicated on the Score Board, the lowest numbers starting first in each race. The starting line, which also serves as the finishing line, is marked in white on the field and extends out in front of the Timer's Stand. The finishing time is taken when each plane flies across this line. At the end of each lap, the time of the plane is taken as it flies across the line and the speed in miles per hour for the distance he has covered, i.e., one lap, two laps, etc., will be posted immediately on the Score Boards in the proper spaces.
     In this manner all spectators may know:
     1.     How many planes have started, how many laps each has flown, the rate of speed they have been able to maintain for the distance indicated.
     2.     If any contestants are still to start, or if the entries have been withdrawn due to mechanical or other trouble.
     3.     Which contestants have made the fastest time of any or all laps, and therefor which contestant up to that time is the winner of the Trophy, provided his performance is not excelled by some contestant who has been forced to delay his start.
     Spectators will find an insert score card inserted in this program upon which they may write down the plane numnbers at the start and copy the speeds posted on the score boards. Spectators may therefore follow the race accurately and keep the results for reference.
Medical Arrangements
     Every possible precaution for the safety of fliers, and spectators, has been taken. Ambulances are stationed adjacent to pylons; between these are motorcycle side-cars; all units are equipped with first aid supplies, including fire-fighting apparatus. Each first-aid unit carries a zone map with directions to reach any point in its zone; telephone connection is established between these medical units, the pylons, and the field headquarters. On the field a first-aid unit will care for spectators in event of minor injuries in the crowd. Wilbur Wright Field Hospital and Miami Valley Hospital will be utilized for surgical work is such is necessary.

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Collection of Steve Koons, 1-19-05

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