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The National Championship Air Races Pylon Racing Seminar Expects 86 Participants

By ThisIsReno
Image courtesy of the National Championship Air Races.
Image courtesy of the National Championship Air Races.

Image courtesy of the National Championship Air Races.

The 18th annual National Championship Air Races Pylon Racing Seminar (PRS) will be held June 17-20 at the Reno Stead Airport. PRS serves as a qualifying and safety seminar for new National Championship Air Races pilots. This year’s event expects more than 58 airplanes and 86 participants, including students, instructors and certified pilots, but will not be open to the public.

“The National Championship Air Races may not be until September but our preparation starts far before the planes arrive. PRS is an unofficial kickoff to the air races and we are excited to see some new faces at this year’s seminar,” said Mike Crowell, CEO of the Reno Air Racing Association. “Rookie School, as many of the pilots call it, is a chance for pilots new to the races to get a feel for the course and safety guidelines. They have a chance to work and train with flight instructors who know the Reno Air Races like the back of their hands.”

The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) sponsors PRS as a unique and productive opportunity for racing pilots to hone their flying skills and become certified to race in September’s National Championship Air Races. Though RARA provides all pilots with the opportunity to take part in PRS, it is mandatory for rookies. The event offers pilots some racing time in the sky, educational seminars, training exercises and certification for all qualifying pilots. PRS offers pilots the race training they need to compete with maximum competitiveness, while adhering to safety regulations.

Tickets for the 52nd Annual National Championship Air Races held between September 16th and 20th at Reno Stead Airport are now on sale. For more information on the event and volunteering opportunities, visit http://airrace.org.

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