Pylon Racing Seminar (Rookie School)

plane3For over a decade, the Reno Air Racing Association has sponsored the Pylon Racing Seminar (PRS) as a unique and productive opportunity for race pilots to prepare, practice and become certified to race in the National Championship Air Races each September.

The 20th Annual Pylon Racing Seminar [PRS] will be held June 7-10, 2017 at Reno Stead Field.

Whether you are a NCAR experienced racer or a Rookie, the Pylon Racing Seminar (PRS) offers something for everyone.  If you plan on racing in the National Championship Air Races this September, this seminar is highly recommended!  You’ll check-in on Tuesday, June 6th and you will receive four (4) days of instruction from some of the greatest race pilots of all time.  You will learn to fly the pylons at 50 feet above the desert floor at extreme speeds!

It is the objective of the Reno Air Racing Association Board of Directors to assemble the most experienced, skilled, trained and race-certified pilots to compete at the National Championship Air Races. To accomplish this objective, RARA along with the individual racing class organizations provide PRS to all pilots — offering race practice time, education, training and certification to all pilots and allowing them to race with maximum competitiveness and safety at the National Championship Air Races.

Who is certified to race?

Pilots and alternate pilots certified to race in the Reno National Championship Air Races must have competed in the same racing class in Reno within the past three races, or received Race Class Pilot Certification during the Reno Pylon Racing Seminar, including:

  1. Ground School
  2. Reno Pylon Race Simulation Flying
  3. Passing the check ride by the FAA Certified Race Class Check Pilot

Who must attend the Pylon Racing Seminar?

You must attend PRS if you fall into any one of the following categories:

  1. Never raced at the Reno National Championship Air Races
  2. Raced in a different race class at the Reno National Championship Air Races
  3. Not raced in the same race class in Reno within the past three years


PRS is a pilot certification program, not an aircraft qualification period. Although it is recommended, a pilot need not fly the plane he or she will race. However, any aircraft used must be of the same class for which the certification is being sought.

Due to construction at the Stead Airport next year, PRS in 2018 may be canceled. If your certification to race is going to lapse next year (2018) you should attend PRS in 2017 to make sure you are eligible to race next year.

To register for PRS, complete the appropriate registration form below and submit it electronically to reserve your spot.  All reservations are held on a first-paid basis by class.  The deadline for your paid registration and all supporting documents is Friday, April 21, 2017.  Any registration received after April 21, IF ACCEPTED, will be subject to a late fee of $100.00.  Once an entry has been accepted by the Reno Air Racing Association (RARA), there will be a $100.00 processing fee for withdrawals until May 15.  Withdrawals after May 15 will receive a 50% refund of registration fee.  No refund will be made on withdrawals after May 31, 2017.

There are two styles of the Pilot Registration Package:

Standard Registration Package

Complete this packet if any of these apply:

  1. You are not the sole owner of the aircraft you are bringing to PRS.
  2. There are others who will be flying the aircraft you are bringing.
  3. If you have a separate Maintenance Authority or Facility that keeps your aircraft maintenance records.

These other individuals must be listed on your sign-in page so they may receive their portions of the electronic application at the appropriate time.

2017 PRS Pilots Registration Standard Package

Express Registration Package

Complete this packet if you are:

  1. The pilot and/or instructor, sole owner of the aircraft, keep all the maintenance records and are solely responsible for completion and signing of the registration package.
  2. This form is also appropriate for instructors who are not bringing a plane to PRS.

2017 PRS Pilots Registration Express Package

Crew, Guests or Class Official Package

Complete this packet if you are attending PRS as a crew member, guest of a pilot, class official or class officer.

2017 PRS Crew/Guest/Class Official Registration

2nd Aircraft Addendum

If you are bringing two (2) aircraft to PRS, complete this packet in addition to a Pilot Registration Package.

2017 PRS Pilots Registration 2nd Aircraft Addendum

Release of Liability

If a pilot is paying for anyone else attending PRS with them, those individuals must complete this form.

2017 PRS Crew/Class Official/Guest Release of Liability

Additional Pilot Release of Liability

This form is included in the Pilot Registration package, but should you need another, please find it at the link below.

2017 PRS Pilots/Owner Release of Liability

Should you have any questions during the registration process, please do not hesitate to contact us. If you have questions or need help, email us at 

Class Websites:

Biplane Class

Formula One Class

Jet Class

Sport Class

T-6 Class