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Method Seven: Proud Sponsor of the Reno Air Races

Optics manufacturer Method Seven is partnering with the Reno Air Races Association (RARA) as an official sponsor of the event. “The Reno Air Races is the ultimate in aviation performance—the racing, the skill, the danger—and it seemed like the best fit for our product,” says James Cox, Method Seven CEO. Kevin Eldredge, who will compete in the Sport Class at this year’s event, facilitated the partnership. “The product is fantastic, but the quality and focus on technology is very consistent with the innovation specifically in the Sport Class,” says Eldredge. His race plane, Relentless NXT, is one of the fastest…

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Preparing for Greatness

Pylon Racing Seminar 2019 It’s a road you won’t find on any map. A road that stretches from one corner of the globe to the other. That reaches back into our past and extends well into our future. A road marked by countless hours of transforming a passion into a profession. It’s the road to the STIHL National Championship Air Races. Every June, the top pilots from around the world gather at Stead Airport for the annual Pylon Racing Seminar (PRS). This year marked the 22nd year of the event commonly referred to as “Rookie School.” But don’t let the…

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Preview of National Aviation Heritage Invitational Neil A. Armstrong Print Released

Meet with some of the featured aviation legends at the STIHL National Championship Air Races Sept. 11-15, 2019 RENO, Nev. (Aug. 5, 2019) —The National Aviation Heritage Invitational (NAHI) is thrilled to return to the STIHL National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nev. this September. Come see skillfully restored vintage aircraft on the ramp as they compete for the grand champion Neil A. Armstrong Aviation Heritage Trophy and meet some of aviation’s legends in person. In addition to featuring incredible vintage aircraft NAHI will continue its mission to keep aviation history alive with the release of limited-edition prints created by…

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STIHL National Championship Air Races Announces Final Performance Lineup

RENO, Nev. (July 16, 2019) —As if featuring the world’s fastest motorsport wasn’t enough the 2019 STIHL National Championship Air Races will feature a jam-packed performance schedule filled with new additions and some returning event staples. The core of the event is the six racing classes – Unlimited, Jet, Sport, T-6, Formula One and Biplane – competing head-to-head at speeds exceeding 500 mph. With some incredible racing planned, event veterans will also see the return of the National Aviation Heritage Invitational and GRADD-NVBAA STEM Education Discovery Zone. The performance lineup has been finalized: STOL Drag Racing Demonstration – September 12–15The world’s largest…

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STOL Drag Racing to Make Debut in Reno

This year’s demonstration may lead to first new racing class in more than 20 years RENO, Nev. (July 16, 2019) —Combine heart pounding head-to-head racing with major horsepower and a little dirt and you’ve got the STOL Drag Racing Demonstration. Set to make its debut at the STIHL National Championship Air Races Sept. 11-15 in Reno, Nev., organizers hope this year’s demonstration becomes a brand-new racing class in the future. “It’s like car drag racing meets aviation and it’s going to bring a whole new energy to the races in September,” said Kevin Quinn, president and founder of STOL Drag….

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NAHI Restoration and Judging

It takes a lot of dedication, hours and sweat to bring something almost 50 years old back to life. Take an aircraft from days gone by-perhaps a military fighter, a large transport, a classic or antique, even a medi-vac helicopter sitting in a barn or hangar. Someone comes along and wants to revitalize it, study its history, whether it’s destined for static display or to take to the skies. This is where the National Aviation Heritage Invitational (NAHI) comes in. This prestigious competition features aircraft that are in original flying condition on static display on the ramp at the National…

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Pylon Racing Seminar Sees Largest, Most Diverse Class

The annual “Rookie School” for the STIHL National Championship Air Races was held June 5-8 RENO, Nev. (June 17, 2019) —Training, preparation, practice and certification are all essential components in pilots participating in the 2019 STIHL National Championship Air Races. Each year the Pylon Racing Seminar (PRS), the only one of its kind, is held to help the pilots do just that. “We have a one-of-a-kind event and that takes one-of-a-kind training to ensure we are putting on the best race possible in the safest manner possible,” said Fred Telling, chairman and chief executive officer of the Reno Air Racing…

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Tony Marini Joins Reno Air Racing Association Board

RENO, Nev. (June 4, 2019) —Former Hot August Nights executive director, Tony Marini, is lending his expertise to another major Reno event – the STIHL National Championship Air Races. The Reno Air Racing Association announced today that Marini has joined its board of directors. “Tony will be an enormous asset,” said Fred Telling, Reno Air Racing Association chairman and chief executive officer. “I am impressed with his experience and deep commitment to the local community. The entire board looks forward to working with him on the 2019 races.” For the last several years Marini has served as director of casino…

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Just How Fast Can a P-51 Mustang Go?

Military planes have been around for centuries. There is a multitude of types and sizes. Each plane has its own unique look, feel, and special features. One, in particular, the P-51 Mustang, comes in different versions and is among the fastest in military aircraft. What makes the P-51 Mustang so special and how fast can a P-51 Mustang go? Let’s find out! P-51 Mustang: The History This plane has been in commission since the 1940s, during WWII. The chief designer of North American Aviation suggested building a plane from the ground up, rather than continuing to produce another licensed fighter…

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Reno Air Racing Association Secures License Through 2020 for STIHL National Championship Air Races

RENO, Nev. (May 24, 2019) —The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) announced today that the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority (RTAA) has approved to extend the event license agreement through 2020. The rolling two-year agreement will continue to renew annually. “The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority is proud to continue its long-term relationship with the historic Reno Air Racing Association,” Marily Mora, President/CEO of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, said. “The races are more than a tradition, they are an iconic aviation event known worldwide. We look forward to working with the RARA team in 2019 and 2020.” The licensing agreement ensures the STIHL National…