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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…

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Free Field Trip Signups Open!

The GRADD-NVBAA STEM Education Discovery Zone is returning in September bigger and better than ever. The annual activation at the STIHL National Championship Air Races is free to area youth. Registration is now open. “The STEM Discovery Zone is an incredible opportunity for youth to experience some fun, engaging STEM-based hands-on activities in an amazing setting, NVBAA and GRADD do a great job,” said Tony Logoteta, COO of the Reno Air Racing Association. “We’re excited to expand the program again this year and are thankful to all who contribute by purchasing Air Race license plates through the Nevada DMV, or by direct donation…

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Reno Air Racing Association Welcomes New Staff Members

Reno Air Racing Association recently hired two new staff members. Seonga McNeal joins as event services and communications coordinator and Larri Picker fills the position of executive assistant and human resources. “In their short time here, Seonga and Larri have already made significant contributions to the organization,” said Tony Logoteta, COO of the Reno Air Racing Association. “They have jumped in with both feet, displayed a positive attitude, and we are very happy to have them on our team.” Seonga McNealA graduate of the Reynolds School of Journalism, Seonga is a Reno native with more than a decade of experience in…

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Free STIHL National Championship Air Races Field Trip Signups Open

The STEM Discovery Zone returns this September RENO, Nev. (May 8, 2019) —The STIHL National Championship Air Races’ free annual GRADD-NVBAA STEM Education Discovery Zone is returning in September bigger and better than ever. Educators and those interested in bringing youth to the free STEM learning hub are encouraged to sign up soon. “The STEM Discovery Zone is an incredible opportunity for youth to experience some fun, engaging STEM-based hands-on activities in an amazing setting, NVBAA and GRADD do a great job,” said Tony Logoteta, COO of the Reno Air Racing Association. “We’re excited to expand the program again this year and are…

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Rob Holland

Some call it impossible, others inspiring, many call it insane. Rob Holland calls it his day job. Pushing the limits of possibility is what Rob thrives on. The world-renowned aerobatic pilot will keep fans glued to their seats at this year’s STIHL National Championship Air Races when he performs Thursday, Sept. 12 through Sunday, Sept. 15. When asked about his performance, Rob said “If you blink you are probably going to miss something.” And it’s no surprise when you hear he regularly pulls 16 positive and negative g’s and rolls at an astonishing 500 degrees per second in his fast-paced…

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World-Renowned Aerobatic Pilot Rob Holland to Perform at 2019 STIHL National Championship Air Races

Fans can see Holland’s gravity-defying performance Thursday through Sunday RENO, Nev. (February 26, 2019) —Rob Holland is one of the most decorated aerobatic pilots in the world. He’s an eight-time national aerobatic champion, four-time world freestyle champion, and 24-time international medal holder. As impressive as those numbers are the crowds at the 2019 STIHL National Championship Air Races will be wowed by a more spectacular set of numbers; Holland’s aircraft can pull 16 positive and negative g’s and can roll at an astonishing 500 degrees per second. “I’m extremely excited to perform in Reno. The National Championship Air Races are…

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Reno Air Racing Association Welcomes New Board Members

RENO, Nev. (February 12, 2019) —Reno Air Racing Association announces the addition of two new members to the board of directors in 2019 and the departure of longtime board member and former board chairman John Agather. “I can’t thank John enough for his passion and dedication to this organization,” said Fred Telling, chairman of the board of directors. “His work has left an undeniable impact on the STIHL National Championship Air Races, helping to propel the event forward. We look forward to seeing his continued involvement on the chairman’s advisory committee. We are delighted to add Mark Bailey and Todd…