Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The Reno Air Racing Association Shares Pylon Racing Seminar Highlights

June 26, 2018
  The Reno Air Racing Association Shares Pylon Racing Seminar Highlights
Annual safety briefing and qualifying seminar for September races was held June 7- 10
Reno, Nev. – The 21st annual STIHL National Championship Air Races Pylon Racing Seminar (PRS) was held June 7-10, at the Reno-Stead Airport. PRS is a qualifying and safety seminar for pilots new to the STIHL National Championship Air Races. This year’s event, which was not open to the public, hosted 45 airplanes, 25 students, 21 certified racers and 23 instructors.
“PRS is not only an opportunity for new pilots to get a feel for the course and understand safety guidelines, but it’s also a chance for returning pilots to train for September,” said Fred Telling, Chairman and CEO of the Reno Air Racing Association. “We had a great turn out for PRS this year. We experienced some strong winds on Saturday that impacted our ability to fly, but thanks to meticulous scheduling on Sunday, we were able to get everyone the airtime they needed. Reno-Stead Airport Manager, Mike Scott, and his dedicated staff have done great work with the Runway 8-26 construction project, and we are all looking forward to its completion in September. It was a great few days for the Reno Air Racing Association, and we are greatly anticipating this year’s 55th annual STIHL National Championship Air Races.”
Over 100 volunteers helped make PRS week possible this year. The annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner was held during PRS week to recognize all of the essential and valuable volunteers, and the Volunteers of the Year for 2017 were awarded. Every year, the Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) has over 1,000 volunteers that dedicate their time and energy to help contribute to the success of both PRS and the STIHL National Championship Air Races. 
The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) has held PRS as a unique and productive opportunity for race pilots to prepare, practice and become certified to race in the STIHL National Championship Air Races each September. RARA, along with the individual race class organizations, opens PRS to all pilots, though it is mandatory for rookies. PRS offers race practice time, education, training and certification to all pilots, allowing them to race with maximum competitiveness and safety at the air races. 
Tickets are on sale for the 55th annual STIHL National Championship Air Races heldSeptember 12-16, 2018 at Reno Stead Airport. For more information, tickets or to volunteer, visit
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
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