This trophy was donated by Dave McPherson as the Century 21 trophy, but on his passing away, and with the consent of his family, has been renamed in his memory.
The trophy will be awarded on an annual basis to the pilot with the fastest handicapped speed over any FAI 300km Diamond Goal task originating and finishing at Matamata airfield (originally the start/finish was Waharoa Dairy Factory during the days of photo evidence, but Matamata Airfield is now acceptable for GPS evidence).
For those flying the task for their Diamond, make sure to comply with all IGC requirements including declarations, and official observer.
Start and finish point will be Waharoa Dairy Factory or Matamata Airfield. Start height must be a maximum of 1000 metres Q.F.E. (3280 ft). Height when crossing the finish for the task should be sufficient to ensure a standard rejoin for the runway in use.
Scoring The standard GNZ handicap system will apply. Speed will be calculated as:
Total distance flown / elapsed time x handicap
eg 315 km flown in 3hrs 40 mins in a glider with handicap of 0.94
315kms / 220 minutes = 1.4318 x 60 = 85.9 kph / 0.94 = 91.38 kph handicapped speed.
Flight information including GPS evidence should be in the Chief Flying Instructor's hands within three weeks of task flown.
The following are some tasks suggested by Dave McPherson when he initially set up the trophy as the Century 21 trophy: