STIHL National Championship Air Races Jet Class will reschedule

RENO, Nev. (Sept. 16, 2020) – Due to thick smoke blanketing the Reno-Tahoe area Saturday’s Jet Class flyby has been postponed to a later date.

“Many members of our team are from out of the area and are unable to fly in due to the smoke, that coupled with the potential that the smoke may still be here Saturday has forced us  to postpone the flyby,” said Jeff Turney, Jet Class past President and founding member of jet racing at the STIHL National Championship Air Races. “Our team is still determined to make this happen when it is safe to do so and we’ll let you know as soon as we have a new date.”

The Jet Class members, in coordination with the Reno Air Racing Association and the FAA, had planned to do an hour-long flyby over Reno, Sparks and Carson City on Saturday, Sept. 19 as a nod to the local community and their “September family” on what would have been race weekend.

Next year’s STIHL National Championship Air Races is scheduled for Sept. 15–19, just 20 minutes north of downtown Reno. As a non-profit the Reno Air Racing Association relies on ticket purchases and donations to host the annual event, with the 2020 air races canceled they are asking for the community’s support. Tax deductible donations can be made at

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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 seven 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. For more information on the STIHL National Championship Air Races, to obtain media credentials, volunteer, be a vendor or purchase tickets visit