Thursday, June 14, 2018

SubSonex Personal Jet Approved for Reno Air Races


PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMDEDIATE RELEASE

SubSonex Personal Jet Approved for Reno Air Races


June 14, 2018, Oshkosh, WI
Sonex Aircraft is announcing a collaboration with High Performance Aircraft Group to showcase the SubSonex Personal Jet. High Performance Aircraft Group debuted the SubSonex at this year’s Pylon Racing Seminar (also known as “Rookie School”) last week, June 7-10 at Reno Stead airport in preparation and training for the National Championship Air Races in September. The SubSonex was taken through various flight scenarios by three-time Reno Gold champion Pete Zaccagnino and exceeded performance expectations.
“The plane has been approved for racing, and now we have to get to work in preparation for training enough pilots to create a new race!” remarks Pete. “I believe we got eight flights in and everyone loved it. It was a blast on the course.”
During the four-day event, the SubSonex participated in formation flights with as many different aircraft as time allowed. This included fingertip, echelon, cross-unders, pitch out rejoins and recoveries. Due to runway construction at Stead airport, only Saturday and Sunday were available for track time during this year’s PRS. Very high winds prevented all flights on Saturday, so all time on the track had to be accomplished on Sunday. “I did three flights on the track and everyone loved the SubSonex,” writes Pete, “First time in history for this jet design to make flights on the Reno race course!” Flights during PRS were conducted on the Jet/Unlimited course, however, Sonex Aircraft and High Performance Aircraft Group are hoping to gain approval for future testing and exhibition racing on the shorter courses, designed for aircraft closer to the SubSonex’s speed envelope and level of maneuverability.
High Performance Aircraft Group will showcase the SubSonex Personal Jet at a variety of aviation events throughout the season, to be announced. The jet has earned a top-level endorsement from Pete Zaccagnino and equally impressive accolades from attendees at the year’s Rookie School – a true testament to the design and craftsmanship of the SubSonex aircraft.
Zaccagnino is flying SubSonex model JSX-2 factory prototype number 2, also known at the Sonex factory as “Sharkie,” for these racing and demonstration flights while JSX-2 factory prototype number 1 is on the airshow circuit for its third season performing day and night pyro aerobatic air shows around the nation by Bob Carlton of Vertigo Airshows. The SubSonex Personal Jet is offered to Sonex Aircraft customers as a Quick Build aircraft kit and is powered by the PBS TJ-100 turbojet engine. The airframe kit plus engine price is under $100,000 and complete costs to purchase and complete a SubSonex kit start at only $108,000 – for a JET!
High Performance Aircraft Group, based in Park City, UT is headed by aeronautical engineer and 3-time world champion race pilot Peter Zaccagnino. Pete has flown throughout the world and performed specialized flight testing for various aircraft manufacturers in both civilian and military aircraft. He has over 22,000 flight hours in hundreds of aircraft types. High Performance Aircraft Group specializes in flight testing, high performance aircraft training, global aircraft placement, aircraft management and acquisition. Pete will be racing in this year’s National Championship Air Races in the Jet Class and Sport Class. We expect championships in both!
Sonex Aircraft, LLC celebrates its 20thanniversary in 2018 and is a leader in the experimental kit aircraft industry, providing a series of sport aircraft along with the AeroConversions line of products, which include the AeroVee engine, AeroVee Turbo, AeroInjector and ancillary aviation products. Sonex Aircraft’s Sonex, Waiex, and Onex sport planes, the Xenos sport motorglider, and the SubSonex Personal Jet offer outstanding performance in an easy to build, easy to fly kit package that can be purchased and completed with full technical support at an unrivaled price. Highly regarded as an engineering company, Sonex has diversified its offerings to include Sonex Aerospace LLC, producing the Teros Group 4 UAS for unmanned and optionally piloted civil and defense missions, while developing other UAS airframes in conjunction with Navmar Applied Sciences Corporation. Sonex and AeroConversions continue to invest heavily in developing new products. Our team is committed to providing simple, elegant and low-cost solutions for sport flying. Simply put, Sonex Aircraft and AeroConversions products provide the Best Performance Per Dollar. Check us out at www.SonexAircraft.com, www.AeroConversions.com and www.SonexAerospace.com

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Saturday, June 2, 2018

RIP John Parker

On Tuesday, 01-May-2018, at approx: 7:40pm, we lost a Reno Air Race legend.




A three-time Formula One Champion, John Parker, had dedicated his life to air racing and the need  for speed. He was even been known to say, “I’ve been doing this all my life. It’s part of my DNA. I enjoy everything about it – the history, the mechanics, the metallurgy, the people - all of it.”

John retired from the Air Force in 1965 and then he joined American Airlines. Soon after, John found himself building engines for Formula One race teams at Stead Field. John quickly became known as a “Speed Merchant” after working as a mechanic at the air races and assisting other race teams.

In 1967, John founded American Air Racing and became part of the history at Stead field. Though the main focus of American Air Racing is to offer complete builder support and to perform speed modifications for kit-built aircraft, this provided the perfect environment for John to dedicate his time to the development and improvement of fast flying aircraft.

In 1977, at the National Championship Air Races, John raced and won his first Formula One Championship in a plane called “Wild Turkey”.

He continued to make improvements and adding to his trophy case by winning the Formula One Championship in 1979 and 1980 with his “scratch-built” Formula One racer named the American Air Racing Special, which now resides in the EAA Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

John went on to race in the original CAFÉ 250 and CAFÉ 400 in the twin-engine division.

In 1988, John entered a “scratch-built” aircraft in the Unlimited Division at the National Championship Air Races.

In 1998, John placed fourth in his first Sport Division Championship race.

Since then, his primary focus had been his relentless pursuit of increased performance in his Thunder Mustang named Blue Thunder, which finished in Second Place in the Sport Division in its first year of racing (2002).

In the 2004 National Championship Air Races, he set new records for the Sport Class Qualifying speed and for the fastest race flown in the Sport Class.

In June of 2005, he set more records in Marysville, CA:

New C1c 3 km World Speed
Record: 374.250 mph

New C1c 15/25 km World
Speed Record: 376.180 mph

Fastest Normally Aspirated
Aircraft: 383.302 mph

At the 2005 National Championship Air Races, he surpassed his previous Qualifying Record.

In 2011, John rolled out Blue Thunder II and took 1st place in the Sport Class. In 2012, he picked up another First Place win with a speed of 356.738 in the Sport Class with Blue Thunder II, followed by another win in 2015.

John was many things; an aeronautical engineer, retired Air Force pilot, retired Airline Captain, test pilot, air race pilot, experimental aircraft builder, A&P mechanic (with Inspection Authority), a mentor, a competitor, but most importantly, he was a friend who will be dearly missed.

From a humble beginning, John had become an air racing legend. For John Parker, air racing was not a sport; it was his way of life.


Rest In Peace, John.
Thank you!

Special THANKS to Naomi Dschaak, Anthony Taylor and Tim Adams!



Thursday, May 17, 2018

“GOLD RACES” EPISODE OF 2017 STIHL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AIR RACES

“GOLD RACES” EPISODE OF 2017 STIHL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AIR RACES
TO RE-AIR ON NBC SPORTS NETWORK SUNDAY, MAY 20th
Reno, Nev. – The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) is excited to announce the “Gold Races” episode of the 2017 STIHL National Championship Air Races will re-air on NBC Sports Network on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. EDT.
“We’re thrilled to have an additional opportunity for racing fans to view the final Gold Races of the 2017 event on national television,” said Tony Logoteta, COO of RARA. “We are looking forward to tuning in with our fans across the country and reliving the exciting 2017 Gold Races all over again while we continue to prep for this year’s 55thannual STIHL National Championship Air Races, scheduled September 12-16, 2018.”
The episode titled “Gold Races” will re-air on Sunday, May 20 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT / 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. PDT on NBC Sports Network.After a week of heat races at the 2017 event, the final Gold Races were set in six classes of airplanes featuring the best pilots in the world, who will race three different closed course pylon tracks (3-mile, 5-mile, and 8-mile). Six different racing crews will call themselves National Champions at the end of the day in the fastest motorsport in the world.
“We are excited to partner with STIHL and NBC Sports to re-air the 2017 Gold Races on television,” said Fred Telling, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of the Reno Air Racing Association. “These shows are only possible because of the continued and generous sponsorship and support from STIHL, Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority, the Nevada Commission on Tourism and our other sponsors.” 
Tickets are on sale for the 55th annual STIHL National Championship Air Races, scheduled September 12-16, 2018 at Reno Stead Airport. For more information or to volunteer visit www.airrace.org.
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About the Reno Air Racing Association:The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA), a 501(c)(3), holds the National Championship Air Races every September just north of Reno. The Reno Air Races have become an institution for northern Nevada and aviation enthusiasts from around the world. Independent economic impact studies have shown that our event generates as much as $91.7 million annually for our local economy. The event features six racing classes, a large display of static aircraft and several military and civilian flight demonstrations. For more information on the National Championship Air Races, to obtain media credentials, volunteer or purchase tickets for this year’s event, visit www.airrace.org.
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Monday, April 30, 2018

What’s New in Air Racing?




So many great things are currently happening in the Air Racing world!

Ely Air Races

It looks like the Ely Air Races are a GO this year!

We expect up to 16 International Formula 1 planes to perform 2 races per day. The festivities start on Wednesday, June 13th with the final races on Saturday, June 16th.  Balloon rides will start around 5:30am while Air Racing begins at 9am each day.
Besides the Balloon rides and the Air Racing, the Town of Ely and White Pine County are putting on quite a show. There will be live entertainment, a car show and other military and civilian aircraft on display. 

Ely Air Races at Yelland Field in June!
Credit: White Pine County 


This year will feature IF1 races only – but who knows what the future holds for Ely!

If you are venturing out to Ely, be sure to set aside time to see the Nevada Northern Railway Museum and of course, the Great Basin National Park offers tours of the Lehman Caves.

If you are driving from the West, you’ll be taking “The Loneliest Road” in the World (Route 50). You might want to stop at Sand Mountain or consider some of the Pony Express stops to gain a little history to go with your Air Racing!  


Red Bull Air Races

After just two events, Michael Goulian is in the lead in the Red Bull Air Races Master Class. Matt Hall is nipping at his heels and Yoshide Muroya, last year’s winner is in third.

Michael won the first race in Abu Dhabi and finished third in Cannes. Matt Hall was the winner in Cannes and placed only fifth in Abu Dhabi.

The racing is as close as ever and new faces are on the podium. This year should be a fun one to follow.

They will be in Indianapolis in October, if you are interested in seeing this amazing event in person! It is an unbelievable spectacle in person and I recommend it to all of you! 


Unlimited Air Racing

As of today, we are hearing some very positive news about new and old airplanes and racers joining us for PRS and for the races in September. This is very exciting news. I don’t want to jinx anything, but keep your fingers crossed that familiar faces will be there again.

As Bill Kerchenfaut would say – we’ll know who shows up when they show up – but great efforts are underway to get more Unlimited Aircraft in the show!

We miss Miss A!
Credit: Tim Adams Photography 



Stihl Sponsorship and the NBCSN Special

Stihl will remain the Title Sponsor for the National Championship Air Races for another 2 years. What does that mean? It means we can expect the NBCSN Special on the Races to continue.

Yes, I know this year’s three-part special had a few problems – namely the delay on the last part of the series due to a live broadcast going late. The T6’s wingtips do not go supersonic – I know. The reversal of 5 and 7 on a few of the graphics. Jay goes by Jay and not James. It’s Swaid Rahn and not Rahn Swaid  – yeah, I know all that.

Swaid Rahn in Heat Stroke
Credit: Tim Adams Photography


But, this is a GREAT way to get our sport out there to others who haven’t had the pleasure of watching the FASTEST MOTORSPORT IN THE WORLD!

Keep the faith, thanks!




Tuesday, March 20, 2018

RARA ANNOUNCES SHOWTIMES....

RARA ANNOUNCES SHOWTIMES FOR THREE NBC SPORTS EPISODES
OF THE 2017 STIHL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AIR RACES
The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) is excited to announce the dates and times for three, one-hour shows of the 2017 STIHL National Championship Air Races airing on NBC Sports Network on March 31April 8, and April 21, 2018.
“We are excited to partner with STIHL and NBC Sports to air the 2017 National Championship Air Races on television,” said Fred Telling, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of the Reno Air Racing Association. “These shows are only possible because of the continued and generous sponsorship and support from STIHL, Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority, the Nevada Commission on Tourism and our other sponsors. We look forward to tuning in with our fans across the country and reliving race week all over again while greatly anticipating this year’s 55th annual STIHL National Championship Air Races, scheduled September 12-16, 2018.”
NBCSN Schedule:
Episode 1: “Start Your Engines”
    Saturday, March 31, 2018 - 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EST / 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. PST
Episode 2: “You Have a Race!”
    Sunday, April 8, 2018 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST / 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. PST
Episode 3: “GOLD Races”
    Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EST / 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PST
Tickets are on sale for the 55th annual STIHL National Championship Air Races, scheduled September 12-16, 2018 at Reno Stead Airport. For more information or to volunteer visit www.airrace.org.
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About the Reno Air Racing Association: The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA), a 501(c)(3), holds the National Championship Air Races every September just north of Reno. The Reno Air Races have become an institution for northern Nevada and aviation enthusiasts from around the world. Independent economic impact studies have shown that our event generates as much as $91.7 million annually for our local economy. The event features six racing classes, a large display of static aircraft and several military and civil flight demonstrations. For more information on the National Championship Air Races, to obtain media credentials, volunteer or purchase tickets for this year’s event, visit www.airrace.org.
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Monday, February 19, 2018

Reno Air Racing Association Announces Fred Telling as CEO


The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) is pleased to announce that Fred Telling, Chairman of the Board of Directors of RARA, has also been named CEO of the organization, effective immediately. Joey Scolari, a member of the RARA Board of Directors who had stepped into the role of Interim CEO when former CEO Mike Crowell left the organization, made the announcement. Tony Logoteta, Chief Operating Officer of RARA, will continue in his role of overseeing the day-to-day operations.
Telling’s experience with RARA is extensive, having been a participant in the National Championship Air races racing T6’s since 2001 and has served as the T6 class president for the last ten years. He has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2016 and assumed the role of Chairman of the Board after the 2017 event.
“Fred’s passion and vast knowledge for the sport of air racing, as well as his corporate and non-profit board experience, will greatly benefit the organization and the future of the National Championship Air Races,” said Joey Scolari, head of the search committee on behalf of RARA’s Board of Directors. “While there were several qualified candidates we interviewed, we knew that Fred’s involvement and intimate knowledge of our organization and event made him the best candidate in the end. In addition, Fred will be volunteering his time in this new role which will be a huge benefit to the organization and this year’s races.”
“I love air racing, and I love the National Championship Air Races. I am very excited and feel very fortunate to be able to offer my time to be even more involved with this organization for which I hold so much passion,” remarked Fred Telling, RARA CEO and Chairman of the Board. “I am looking forward to the opportunity of helping take the National Championship Air Races and RARA to the next level.”
Tickets are on sale for the 55th Annual National Championship Air Races, scheduled September 12-16, 2018 at Reno Stead Airport. For more information or to volunteer visit www.airrace.org.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Winter Updates - Air Racing


Things are moving along in the Air Racing world. Here’s a recap of what’s coming up in 2018.

Pylon Racing Seminar for 2018

Originally, we were unsure if PRS (Pylon Racing Seminar AKA Rookie School) would take place in 2018 due to runway construction at Reno/Stead Airport. However, a compromise was reached and while we would normally be flying during the week, the weekend will see most of the flying sessions, so the runway construction can go on as scheduled. This is a great thing for Rookies trying to get certified before the Air Races in 2018.

Speaking of the Races in 2018, they are schedule for September 12-16th this year. Tickets are already on sale, so let’s start making those travel arrangements!

And the Performers have been announced. This is a nice mix of Civilian and Military shows to intermingle with the great racing you will see this year.

The Patriots Jet Team will be back to show their unique aerobatic performance involving 6 L-39s – the largest civilian jet team in the Western Hemisphere.

Also returning is the “Screamin’ Sasquatch” Jet Waco from John Klatt Air Shows. Another unique performance and a true crowd pleaser!

The Smoke and Thunder Jet Truck will be back. This is a great ground based show and allows for launching and recovering race aircraft – which is a great help to the Air Boss at Reno!

For Military Performers, we are lucky enough to have the F-35 Heritage Flight and the F-16 Viper Demonstration Team. I’m hoping at least one of these powerful jets will be able to take the pylons!


Ely and Other Locations

It looks like a race will be held in Ely, NV right after PRS from June 11th through the 16th. The Ely Race will likely be a two-class event. The airport was built for Air Racing – a enormous flat plateau. The course design is underway.

Other locations are also being discussed from the East Coast of the USA to the West Coast of Canada. There are also races schedule in Europe – including the fourth race in Portugal featuring three classes of Sport Racers.

While naysayers have been telling us that Air Racing is a dying sport – we say - HA!


NBC Sports Special

Circle March 31st on your calendar. NBC Sports will be airing the three-part series of the 2017 Air Races featuring all three classes starting on that date. The other 2 episodes will be scheduled afterwards. AND – will be re-aired some time over the Summer months. Call your friends, alert everyone – we need more people to see this amazing event – so we can get more fans in the seats!



A Big THANK YOU to Stihl for their Sponsorship
Credit: Anthony D. Taylor



Speaking of Fans…

How do we reach out to the younger generation?

I belong to several aviation organizations and a common theme in the last few months has been – how do we increase interest in Aviation – in a Xbox World? How do we introduce today’s youth to mechanical things? How do we get them to come to the hangar early on a Saturday morning to learn how an engine works and how to pack bearings or rivet a fuselage?

The Reno Air Races have tried Drone Races (pssst – they’ll be back in 2018) and Motorcross demonstrations. We have also seen the Saab Demo Team (I loved that!). And after hours musical events – which was great for those of us who stay late.

We really need to reach out to NEW fans – not just keep the old ones. We need to share with them the exciting things that happen in the High Desert in mid-September every year.

If you have ideas on how to make that happen – let me know! I’m always open to ideas.


Sponsors

Another area we need to focus on these days is increasing the number of Sponsors we have for the Races and for individual Racers.

Each one of you who are reading these words may know someone who knows someone who either owns a company or works for a company who may be a great sponsor for Air Racing. Think about it – who would benefit by telling their story to the fans of Air Racing. Look at Stihl. Before they started sponsoring Andrew Findlay in the Sport Class – had you heard of them? Had you seen NATIONAL advertisement for their brand? Probably not. But someone on their Marketing Team said – this might be a great place for us to build awareness of our products.

There are other Stihl companies out there who could also build on their brand by sharing their products with the Air Racing Fans.

Again – any ideas? Let me know!

Justin Philipson in No Strings Attached
Credit: Anthony D. Taylor

 
Lots of exciting things are coming along and as they firm up – I will be sure to share this information.

Happy 2018 and let’s go Flying!