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T minus One Week until Lift-Off at the STIHL National Championship Air Races in Reno

Reno, Nev. – The 52nd Annual National Championship Air Races is the world’s premier air racing event. Tickets for the event are still on sale. WHAT: The 52nd Annual National Championship Air Races WHERE: The Reno-Stead Airport 14501 Mt Anderson St, Reno, NV 89506 WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 16 – Sunday Sept. 20; 8am – 4:30pm The day begins with Biplane and Formula One Class races with the remaining four classes and aerobatic performances and demonstrations following later in the day. Unlimited Class races occur in the afternoon with the last event of the day ending at approximately 4:30 p.m. Schedule…

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Embry-Riddle Invites Public to Test Drone Skills at National Championship Air Races

Building on the success of last year’s challenge, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will host the second annual small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) Challenge at the STIHL National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nev., Sept. 16-20. The 2015 challenge, which is sponsored by the University of Nevada, Reno’s Nevada Advanced Autonomous Systems Innovation Center in partnership with NASA, will be composed of two separate competitions: An “Open Class” where competitors race their own sUAS and the “International Race of Champions” (IROC) format race where all participants race identical drones provided by Embry-Riddle. The competition will take place inside the netted, 40 foot by…

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National Championship Air Races Expands UNR, NASA Sponsored Drone Zone

National Championship Air Races Expands UNR, NASA Sponsored Drone Zone   Reno, Nev. – NASA is set to expand on information related to its Unmanned Traffic Management research agenda at this year’s National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nev. Sept. 16-20. This year’s event will feature an expanded Drone Zone sponsored by the University of Nevada, Reno’s Nevada Advanced Autonomous Systems Innovation Center in partnership with NASA.   “It is such an honor that NASA will be returning to the STIHL National Championship Air Races this year, let alone its plans to update the public on the latest developments on…

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Reno Air Racing Association Announces Additional Performers for 2015 Event

  Reno, Nev. – The Reno Air Racing Association continues to secure additional performers to what will be one of the best line-ups of exciting entertainment in the history of the races. In addition to previously announced performers including the Tora, Tora, Tora Airshow, Breitling Jet Team and F-16 Fighting Falcon, the Reno Air Racing Association is proud to welcome aerobatics pilot David Martin, the Red Eagles Formation Team, Wings of Blue USAF Academy Jump Team and the Heritage Flight team to the 2015 National Championship Air Races held Sept. 16-20 at the Reno Stead Airport.   David Martin’s standards…

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The STIHL National Championship Air Races Pylon Racing Seminar Expects 86 Participants

PRS is an annual safety briefing and qualifying seminar for September races Reno, Nev. – The 18th annual National Championship Air Races Pylon Racing Seminar (PRS) will be held June 17-20 at the Reno Stead Airport. PRS is a qualifying and safety seminar for pilots new to the STIHL National Championship Air Races. This year’s event, which is not open to the public, expects more than 58 airplanes and 86 participants, including students, instructors and certified pilots. “The STIHL National Championship Air Races may not be until September but our preparation starts far before the planes arrive. PRS is an…

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Reno Air Racing Association approved as Non-Profit

Reno, Nev. – The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) has secured its 501(c)(3), non-profit status. This will be the first year the organization will operate as a non-profit, bringing benefits to both RARA and its donors. “This is huge for us and the future of the air races,” said Mike Crowell, CEO of the Reno Air Racing Association. “The Reno Air Races have always been a community event and we look forward to doing even more to help grow our fan base. The Reno Air Races are a national event that produces almost $70 million of economic value for our…

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Statement from the STIHL National Championship Air Races

Reno, Nev. – Today, at approximately 3:30 p.m., there was an incident involving one of our participating sport aircraft during the qualifying heat. The pilot is deceased. Per the policy of the Reno Air Racing Association, the name of the pilot and aircraft will not be released pending notification of next of kin. Flying has been cancelled for the remainder of today. Currently, the event will resume at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow, as planned.   For interviews and questions, please contact Tara Trovato with Draper Strategies at 775-287-5924.