Friday, June 23, 2017

Statement from the Reno Air Racing Association Regarding Mike Crowell

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Statement from the Reno Air Racing Association Regarding Mike Crowell

Reno, Nev. – The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) Board of Directors this afternoon issued the following statement:

“Micheal Crowell, President and CEO of the Reno Air Racing Association, informed the Board of Directors today that he has resigned his position, effective immediately. Crowell, who has held his post for the last two and a half years, is stepping down to focus on his wife’s health.  We are thankful to Mike for his hard work and dedication to continuing this one-of-a-kind event.

“While we conduct a search for a new CEO, Joey Scolari, CEO of Scolari’s Markets and a board member, will serve as interim CEO. Joey will work with RARA staff, including new COO Tony Logoteta, to continue planning for the 54thNational Championship Air Races in September.”

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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. The 2016 event generated more than $91.7 million for the region’s 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.

Media Contact:
Mary-Sarah Kinner
The Glenn Group

Thursday, April 27, 2017

RARA Announces Aerobatics Performer for 54th National Championship Air Races

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Reno, Nev. – The Reno Air Racing Association today announced that Brad Wursten Airshows will perform at the 54th National Championship Air Races this September 13th – 17th in his MXS-R aerobatic aircraft by MX aircraft.

“Brad Wursten brings power and performance to each airshow,” Mike Crowell, President and CEO of the Reno Air Racing Association said. “We are very excited for our fans to be able to watch as Brad pushes the envelope and amazes the crowd while remaining well within his tight margin of safety.”

Wursten’s plane, one of the most highly sophisticated airplanes in the world, features a complete carbon fiber airframe that weighs an impressive 1100 lbs.  The Lycoming engine has 385 HP and can reach a top speed of over 300 MPH, a roll rate at 420 degrees per second, and “G” loading at +/- 15 “G’s”.

Wursten joins previously announced performers the Texas Flying Legends Museum.

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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. The 2016 event generated more than $91.7 million for the region’s 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.

Media Contact:
Mary-Sarah Kinner
The Glenn Group

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Japan’s Muroya Captures First Win at San Diego Red Bull Air Race



The second stop of the 2017 Red Bull Air Race World Championship was full of surprises on Sunday, as none of names on the podium matched those of February’s season opener. Yoshihide Muroya of Japan claimed the win, while Slovenia’s Peter Podlunšek was second, and defending World Champion Matthias Dolderer of Germany took third.





San Diego, California (USA) – As one upset followed another at the second stop of the 2017 Red Bull Air Race World Championship in San Diego, California on Sunday, Yoshihide “Yoshi” Muroya of Japan was the only pilot with the consistency to earn the triumph. Dazzling more than 40,000 fans across race weekend, Muroya ended up dominating the Final 4 with a time of 58.529. 


While Peter Podlunšek was almost two seconds back at 1:00.454, the first Slovenian Red Bull Air Racer surprised everyone - including himself - by capturing second place in his first-ever Final 4. Peter has made incredible improvements from last year - his rookie season. He 

Reigning World Champion Matthias Dolderer was third after a pylon hit, and America’s own Kirby Chambliss finished fourth after a high call on the final pylon. 


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Earning 15 World Championship points with the victory, Muroya jumped up 10 places in the overall standings, to third behind Martin Šonka of the Czech Republic (21 points) and Dolderer (16). The result was especially meaningful because the next stop of the season is in Muroya’s home skies at Chiba, Japan – where he earned his first race win just last year.


“I’m quite happy. We had a very hard time at the season opener in Abu Dhabi, and we’ve been working really hard for months,” said Muroya, who had an over-G penalty at the 2017 kickoff. “My crew and my family have been helping a lot to help us get more stable and consistent, and I thank them. The next race in Japan is going to be a big one, and it’s an important step forward to win here as I head to my home country. It’s a huge crowd and pressure for me, but I will have fun there.”




Tickets for the 2017 Red Bull Air Race World Championship –including 
October 14-15 in Indianapolis - the next USA stop. – are on sale now. For more information on tickets and all the latest, visit www.redbullairrace.com




Results Master Class San Diego 2017:
1. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN),
2. Peter Podlunšek (SLO),
3. Matthias Dolderer (GER),
4. Kirby Chambliss (USA),
5. Martin Šonka (CZE),
6. Petr Kopfstein (CZE),
7. Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA),
8. Michael Goulian (USA),
9. Matt Hall (AUS),
10. Pete McLeod (CAN),
11. Juan Velarde (ESP),
12. François Le Vot (FRA),
13. Mikaël Brageot (FRA),
14. Cristian Bolton (CHI)

World Championship standings after two races:
1. Martin Šonka (CZE) 21 points,
2. Matthias Dolderer (GER) 16 pts,
3. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN) 15 pts,
4. Juan Velarde (ESP) 12 pts,
5. Peter Podlunšek (SLO) 12 pts,
6. Pete McLeod (CAN) 10 pts,
7. Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA) 10 pts,
8. Michael Goulian (USA) 8 pts,
9. Kirby Chambliss (USA) 7 pts,
10. Petr Kopfstein (CZE) 5 pts,
11. Cristian Bolton (CHI) 4 pts,
12. François Le Vot (FRA) 3 pts,
13. Matt Hall (AUS) 3 pts,
14. Mikaël Brageot (FRA) 2 pts


Above photography used with permission from Red Bull Air Races

Below photography is mine. 

Pylon - up close

New Flavors





and these are from Jason Fisher

Media Boat

Pylon Cutter

Recreating the course - with Red Bull cans. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

RARA Announces Two Fan Favorites Will Race in the Unlimited Class in 2017

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RARA Announces Two Fan Favorites Will Race in the Unlimited Class in 2017

Reno, Nev. – The Reno Air Racing Association today announced that two fan favorite airplanes will return to Reno for the 54th National Championship Air Races and race in the Unlimited class.

“We’ve spoken to Bob Button, who owns Voodoo and Tiger Destefani who owns Strega, and they have informed us that both planes will be coming to Reno this year for the 54th National Championship Air Races,” Mike Crowell, President and CEO of the Reno Air Racing Association said. “We’ve heard from our fans that they want more excitement in the Unlimited class and we are thrilled to help bring that excitement back to Reno this year.”

Voodoo won Unlimited Gold in 2016 and Strega won Unlimited Gold in 2015. 

“The two fastest piston airplanes on earth are coming to race in Reno this year,” Bob Button, owner of Voodoo said. “Voodoo is looking forward to racing Strega for gold in September.”

“It looks like it’s gonna be a shootout between Voodoo and Strega,” Tiger Destefani, owner of Strega said.  “Jay Consalvi will be flying Strega and he’s looking forward to his first win!”

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Help Save the Planes of Fame Airshow

To Planes of Fame Family and Friends
A lawsuit has been brought against the Planes of Fame Air Museum by the Yanks Air Museum, Flying Tigers Aviation, SOCAL MRO, and Zangeneh Aeronautics with the sole intent to stop the 25th Annual Planes of Fame Air Show at Chino Airport slated for May 6 & 7, 2017.
The annual Air Show is one of the few remaining events in Southern California where visitors from around the world can enjoy the sights and sounds of aircraft from the Golden Age of Aviation flying overhead. Each year the Air Show attracts thousands of families, aviation enthusiasts, and others who come together to witness rare and historic aircraft, as well as some of the most talented aviators take to the skies. The Planes of Fame Air Show at Chino Airport is considered one of the top five air shows in the country.
As a non-profit, 501c.3 organization, the annual Air Show serves as the primary fundraising effort for the Planes of Fame Air Museum. Revenue from the annual Air Show helps us to carry on our mission to preserve aviation history, inspire an interest in aviation, education of the public, and honor aviation pioneers and veterans. And as this year's Air Show marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of Planes of Fame Air Museum, we have seen how our mission has impacted multiple generations of families, and is introducing aviation to entirely new generations.
For the local community, the annual Air Show provides an economic stimulus to local businesses and entrepreneurs both on and nearby the airport. For the City of Chino and the County of San Bernardino, the Air Show provides increased visibility as thousands of visitors flock to the Chino Airport for the show.
Help us save the Air Show! We are asking our friends, visitors, community, and colleagues to join together to support the Air Show. Please send us a note or letter indicating your backing of the Air Show and be sure to include your thoughts on why it needs to continue.
WE NEED RESPONSES BY APRIL 4, 2017 - PLEASE ACT NOW!
Please send all comments, concerns and questions to Let Us Fly!
Sign Online petition at Petition for Planes of Fame

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Final 2016 STIHL National Championship Air Races Episode Airs this Sunday, April 2nd

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Final 2016 STIHL National Championship Air Races Episode Airs this Sunday, April 2nd
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Reno, Nev. – The final one-hour episode featuring the 2016 STIHL National Championship Air Races will air this Sunday, April 2nd at 12:30pm PT/3:30pm ET on NBC Sports Network. A preview can be viewed here.

“It has been a wonderful experience for us and for our fans to be taken back to race week in March and April,” Mike Crowell, President and CEO of the Reno Air Racing Association said. “We want to thank our partners who worked so hard with us to get these three, one-hour episodes on NBC Sports Network. I encourage everyone to tune in to the final show this Sunday at 12:30pm pacific time.”

To view previous episodes, visit RARA’s YouTube channel.


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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. The 2016 event generated more than $91.7 million for the region’s 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.

Friday, March 24, 2017

2016 STIHL National Championship Air Races Episode 2 Airs TOMORROW



2016 STIHL National Championship Air Races Episode 2 Airs TOMORROW
on NBC Sports Network

Reno, Nev. – The second of three, one-hour episodes featuring the 2016 STIHL National Championship Air Races will air tomorrow, Saturday, March 25th at 3pm PT/6pm ET on NBC Sports Network. A preview can be viewed here.

“We are so excited for the second, one-hour episode of last year’s Air Races tomorrow,” Mike Crowell, President and CEO of the Reno Air Racing Association said. “Partnering with STIHL to help get these episodes on the air has been fantastic and we encourage everyone to tune in tomorrow at 3 pm pacific time.”

The first one-hour episode, which aired March 11th, can be viewed here. The final of the three, one-hour episodes is scheduled to air nationally on NBC Sports Network on April 2nd at 12:30pm PT/3:30pm ET.



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

2016 STIHL National Championship Air Races NBC Sports Network




Air race fans - the Youtube version of NBC Sports Network show on the Races is up now! Find it below! 











RARA Announces Design Contest for 54th National Championship Air Races

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RARA Announces Design Contest for 54th National Championship Air Races

Reno, Nev. – Calling all racing fans and artists! The Reno Air Racing Association today launched a design contest for the official poster and t-shirts of the 54th National Championship Air Races.

“The Reno Air Racing Association is looking for fresh and new designs that represent the spirit of air racing to place on our collectible posters for the 54th National Championship Air Races,” Mike Crowell President and CEO of the Reno Air Racing Association said. “Entries should center on the idea of racing – which is what we are all about. We look forward to seeing the ideas our fans have.”

The contest will run in two parts – the first begins today. Interested fans and artists should submit sketches or written treatment of their ideas to RARA by April 14th. Five finalists will be chosen from all entries based on their submission and will be notified by RARA staff. The five finalists will then be asked to flesh out their designs completely for final judging and submit their final design by June 5th.

In addition to being able to create a collectible souvenir for years to come, the first place winner will be awarded $500 cash along with two VIP season passes. The second place winner will be awarded $250 cash along with two general admission and pit season passes. Third through fifth place winners will receive a ticket package of two general admission and pit season passes each.

Full contest rules can be found below.


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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. The 2016 event generated more than $91.7 million for the region’s 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.

Media Contact:
Mary-Sarah Kinner
The Glenn Group


2017 National Championship Air Races Poster Design Contest Rules

The Reno Air Race Association is looking for fresh and new designs that represent the spirit of air racing to place on our official poster and t-shirts for the 54th National Championship Air Races. In addition to being able to create a collectible souvenir for years to come, first place winner will be awarded $500 cash along with two VIP season passes. The second place winner will be awarded $250 cash along with two general admission and pit season passes. Third through fifth place winners will receive a ticket package of two general admission and pit season passes each.

What to create:
- Entries should center on the idea of racing. The design should execute on the theme, using a rich color palette.
- Sketches or written treatment of how the poster would come to life.
- If a design utilizes a copyrighted photograph as inspiration, a release from the copyright holder must be included with the submission.
- A minimum of one current or former racing plane must be included in the design.

Entry:
- The contest is not open to RARA employees or vendors.
- Entries must be emailed to dbigby@airrace.org
- The email must include the entrant's name, phone number, no more than one attachment, the name of the work and an explicit agreement to the contest terms.
- More than one entry may be submitted.
- The contest begins 3/15.
- All entries must be submitted by 5pm PDT 4/14/17.
- Submission will only be accepted via email.

Choosing a Winner:
- Five finalists will be chosen from all entries based on their submission of a sketch or written treatment based on the theme. The five finalists will be asked to flesh out their designs completely for final judging.
- A team of RARA employees and volunteers will choose from these finalists based on execution of the design theme and how well the design communicates the spirit of air racing.



Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Freedom to Fly

Aviation is the greatest symbol of freedom we have. If you travel the world, you can tell how free a country is by how many small planes you see in the sky. – Rich Davidson.

These words spoken to me the other day – made me think.

I was lucky enough to travel to Cuba in 1999 on Educational Tour (with permission from the State Department). Sitting on the beach (very educational), two things struck me. No boats in view and no airplanes in the sky.

The last time there were no airplanes in the air over the USA was 9/11/01 and the few days afterwards when we were still grounded. Freedom was placed on hold.

Since that day, our Flying Freedoms have continued to diminish. Look back at what happened to Meigs Field in 2003. Look at what is happening at Santa Monica. Look at every small airport on the map – our Freedoms are being challenged. 




What do we do to save Aviation – General Aviation – those small planes that are an instrument and a sign of freedom around the world? How do we make it great again?

As many of you know, I am a student of early aviation. Back in the days, when barnstorming was a thing; everyday people were building airplanes and learning to fly; when the spirit of the sky drew us towards innovation.





Young Eagles – giving free rides to kids to get them involved in aviation. Great start – but of all the kids touched by that program, only a small portion became pilots. I know, from my local airport – of only 6 kids max, who we flew at one time or another, that have transitioned to actually earning their ticket.

Some say fences around the airports have hurt kids getting involved. I doubt this also. Kids used to “hang on the fence” to watch airplanes. And then they would wash airplanes for flying time. Remember that? But, that was before Flight Simulator. Previous generations didn’t have the internet, cell phones, tablets, gaming devices – they went to the airport instead. Parents sent them outside.

Another thing you rarely see is a young kid working really hard for what s/he wants. Want to become a pilot? It is a lot of hard work. Oh, maybe you’re not up for the challenge? Then, maybe you should sit this one out. My first Aerobatic Instructor used to say – “Other Sports Beckon” when someone didn’t have the mental toughness or the skills to fly. We’ve become soft. We believe in quick wins and not really working that hard anymore. Do you think the great pilots in the world were “naturals”? No, they worked, incredibly hard, to earn that skill.



Our mentality must change. Imagine an Aviation Version of the old Chevrolet Commercial – Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie and a Private Pilot Certification.  It would be your License to Learn as well as your Freedom Authorization – inherently American.

We need to stop looking at pilots as spoiled rich folks and instead see them as Adventurers. People who, in many cases, gave everything they had for a chance to fly. Most of us save money in other areas of our life for avgas, maintenance fees and hangar rent.  We quit other sports and activities – so we can spend all our free time with like-minded people who long to touch the clouds. We do this because; we think that is what life is all about – Freedom, Flying.

We need a message of excitement and not despair. We need to focus on the pleasure of flying and not the doubt and hopelessness. We must believe what we preach – aviation is a freedom worth fighting for.

Want to make a difference?  
Go fly!  

Photos used with prior permission from Bruce Croft of http://www.twozerowest.com/ and from the Friends of Meigs Field. 



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Impressions of a Pilot

Flight is freedom in its purest form,
To dance with the clouds which follow a storm;
To roll and glide, to wheel and spin,
To feel the joy that swells within.
To leave the earth with its troubles and fly,
And know the warmth of a clear spring sky;
Then back to earth at the end of the day,
Released from the tensions which melted away.
Should my end come while I am in flight,
Whether brightest day or darkest night;
Spare me no pity and shrug off the pain,
Secure in the knowledge that I’d do it again.
For each of us is created to die,
And within me I know,
I was born to fly.


by Gary Claude Stoker

NBC Sports to Air First Episode of National Championship Air Races

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NBC Sports to Air First Episode of National Championship Air Races

Reno, Nev. – The first one-hour episode featuring last year’s 53rd National Championship Air Races will air next Saturday, March 11th at 11am pacific time on NBC Sports Network – exactly 10 days from today. A short preview clip can be viewed below. 

“Last year we were excited to partner with STIHL and NBC Sports to air one show,” Mike Crowell, President and CEO of the Reno Air Racing Association said. “This year, because of continued support and sponsorship from STIHL, the Nevada Commission on Tourism and the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority, the National Championship Air Races will be featured in three, one-hour shows on the NBC Sports Network and we could not be more pleased. We look forward to joining our fans across the country and reliving race week all over again.”

Additional one-hour episodes, which will air nationally on NBC Sports Network, are scheduled for March 25th at 3pm PT/6pm ET and April 2nd at 12:30pm PT/3:30pm ET.







Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Reno Air Racing Association Welcomes Frederick Telling to Board of Directors

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Reno Air Racing Association Welcomes Frederick Telling to Board of Directors

Reno, Nev. – The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) today announced that Dr. Frederick W. Telling has joined the RARA Board of Directors. Telling has served as president of the T-6 Racing Association since 2008.

“On behalf of the Reno Air Racing Association, we are thrilled to welcome Fred Telling to the board,” President/CEO Mike Crowell said. “Fred brings an extensive corporate background and non-profit board experience in governance and development. He has also actively been involved with the air races for over 15 years. We look forward to having his perspective on our team.”

Telling is currently the Chairman of Oragenics in Tampa, Florida and a Director of CTI BioPharma Inc., based in Seattle, WA and Eisai N.A. Inc., in Woodcliff Lake, NJ. Telling chairs the compensation committee and serves on the audit committee of both CTI BioPharma and Oragenics. He retired from Pfizer in June 2007 after 30 years. At Pfizer, Telling was elected a Corporate Vice President of Pfizer Inc. and its Vice President of Corporate Strategic Planning and Policy in October 1994.

An avid racing fan, Telling is type rated in Citation jets and the DC-3, and is both fixed wing and rotorcraft rated. He and his wife Barbara reside in Daytona Beach, FL, and enjoy flying their 2014 Citation M2. The couple also owns a collection of North American Aviation aircraft – “Lady B”, a 1944 P-51D, “Almost Perfect”, a stock T-6G and “Baby Boomer”, a 1940 Harvard, which Telling raced in the T-6 class in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008. From 2011 through 2013, Lee Oman raced “Baby Boomer” and for the last four years, “Baby Boomer” has been raced by Gene McNeely.

Telling is a member of the board of Warbirds of America and an emeritus member of the boards of several organizations with which he remains involved – the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, EAA, ORBIS, and the National March of Dimes Foundation.

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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. The 2015 event generated more than $66 million for the region’s 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.

Media Contact:
Mary-Sarah Kinner
The Glenn Group