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 world renowned and at the top of any pilot’s bucket list,” said Holland. “To be able to perform there this year is a true honor and I’m looking forward to also watching the races.

Holland got his start in New England as a young airshow fan. He earned his pilot’s license in his teens and began flying aerobatics almost immediately. He built flight time as a corporate pilot, commuter pilot, banner tower, flight instructor, ferry pilot and operated his own aerobatic flight school. Holland is now in his 18th year as a full-time performer.

“Rob is well known for having developed his own, unique maneuvers that had never been seen in air shows. We are thrilled to have him perform here for the first time,” said Tony Logoteta, Reno Air Racing Association chief operating officer. “Our fans will get to see some of the world’s most spectacular, gravity-defying aerobatics right here in Reno.”

Air race fans can experience Holland’s awe-inspiring performance Thursday, Sept. 12 through Sunday, Sept. 15.

Tickets are now on sale for the 56th annual STIHL National Championship Air Races. New this year, reserved seats are the same price as general admission. For more information or to purchase tickets visit or call (775) 972-6663.


About the STIHL National Championship Air Races:
The STIHL National Championship Air Races are held every September just north of Reno by the Reno Air Racing Association, a 501(c)(3). The event has become an institution for Northern Nevada and aviation enthusiasts from around the world with six racing classes, a large display of static aircraft and several military and civilian flight demonstrations. Independent economic impact studies show that the event generates as much as $91.7 million annually for the local economy. The event is now part of the Grunt Style Air Show Majors, a six-stop tour uniting the most prestigious air shows in the country. For more information on the 2019 STIHL National Championship Air Races, to obtain media credentials, volunteer, be a vendor or purchase tickets for this year’s event, visit