Air Race News, Media

VOTE for NCAR in the USA Today 10 Best Airshows Poll!

The National Championship Air Races has once again been nominated in the 2023 USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice travel awards! An expert panel selected the National Championship Air Races as a contender for Best Air Show, which just launched. The contest gives voters four weeks to vote for the candidate of their choice, and a person can vote once a day for the run of the contest. Even though our cherished event is having its last races this September in Reno, we’d like to let the world know how much we all love the Reno Air Races, so please visit the link below EVERY…

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2023 to Mark Final Year for National Championship Air Races at Reno-Stead Airport

Today, the Reno Tahoe Airport Authority (RTAA) and the Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) announced that they have reached an agreement for 2023 to be the final year the Reno-Stead Airport will host the National Championship Air Races. The Reno Air Racing Association’s final Reno-Stead Airport event is set to take place from September 13-17 and will feature the seven classes of air racing plus extraordinary military and civilian demonstrations that fans have come to love as well as a celebration of the event’s almost 60 years in northern Nevada. “We want to celebrate six decades of partnership, competition and…

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RARA 2023 Aviation Scholarship Window Opening Soon

Following on the success of our inaugural year for offering aviation scholarships, the Reno Air Racing Association will be opening the application window for 2023 in early February. We’d like to congratulate our 2022 RARA Scholarship Squadron for their accomplishments, and look forward to introducing you to our next group of RARA Scholars! Please visit for more details!

Air Race News, Media, Scholarships

RARA Scholarship Fundraiser Aims High

Reno Air Racing Association Launches $100k Fundraiser for Scholarships The Reno Air Racing Association’s (RARA) 2022 Flight Training Scholarship recipients are all in training, and the program is going fantastic! We’re pleased to report that all ten students have begin their training and several even expect to be complete by the time the STIHL National Championship Air Races come around on September 14th, 2022. So, it’s time to start getting the program fueled up for the next round! This year, RARA is pleased to announce that we will be once again offering flight training scholarships, and that we will also…

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Reno Air Racing Association Announces Scholarship Winners

RENO, Nev. (April 19, 2022) – Today the Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) proudly announced the recipients of their inaugural Flight Training Scholarship. Ten students were selected from an impressive field of applicants residing in Reno and the surrounding area including Carson City, Fallon and Truckee. Supported by a fundraising campaign and matching grant from the Ray Foundation, scholarships were opened to 15–22-year-olds. “With the success of our NVBAA / GRADD sponsored STEM education area during Race Week each year, it made sense to expand that reach to actual flight training for local youth,” said Fred Telling, President and CEO…


STIHL National Championship Air Races Tickets on Sale Now

The world’s fastest motorsport returns to the Northern Nevada skies this year for the 58th time, September 14th through 18th! And that means you can now purchase tickets for the STIHL National Championship Air Races. What do we have in store for this year? Well for starters, we recently announced the military performers for this year’s event. Here, fans will be able to witness the unparalleled power, awe-inspiring maneuverability of the F-22 and F-18. Watch as they thunder past the grandstands during their demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday of race week! You won’t want to miss these performances! What else…


Military Performers Announced for STIHL National Championship Air Races

RENO, Nev. (March 9, 2022) – Attendees of this year’s STIHL National Championship Air Races will be able to witness unparalleled power, awe-inspiring maneuverability and some of the world’s greatest pilots as the F-22 and F-18 demonstrations thunder past the grandstands when they perform Saturday and Sunday of race week. Fans can see these two military demonstrations and so much more during the 2022 event set for Sept. 14-18. F-22 Raptor Demonstration The U.S. Air Force’s premier combat-ready air-to-air dominance stealth fighter aircraft is showcased by the F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team. The team performs precision aerial maneuvers at airshows around the world…


Reno Air Racing Association Welcomes New Flight Operations Team

RENO, Nev. (March 3, 2022) – The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) has announced an all-new Flight Operations Team. The organization welcomes Owen Ashurst as Air Boss, Bill Beaton as Mini Boss and Tim Fitzgerald as Tower Chief. The Flight Operations team oversees all aspects of flight at the STIHL National Championship Air Races. In October of 2021 former Director of Flight Operations, Tony “Bear” Grady, submitted his resignation to pursue 2022 political interests and the RARA Board quickly went to work mobilizing a Selection Committee which consisted of Board members Sue Gardner, Terry Matter and Todd Donahue. “It was…

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Flight Training Scholarship Program Deadline Nears

We’re nearing the end of January, and that means that the application window for Flight Training Scholarships will close soon. Applicants will need to submit their applications for the Reno Air Racing Association’s inaugural Flight Training Scholarship (FTS) Program by January 31st at the latest. The program is supported by a grant from the Ray Foundation, Inc., and will initially provide up to ten scholarships to students. In order to apply, applicants must fulfil a specific set of criteria. For starters, they have to be between ages 16-22 and located in Northern Nevada. Academically, they must pass a Class III…