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 unofficial kickoff to the air races and we are excited to see some new faces at this year’s seminar,” said Mike Crowell, CEO of the Reno Air Racing Association. “Rookie School, as many of the pilots call it, is a chance for pilots new to the races to get a feel for the course and safety guidelines. They have a chance to work and train with flight instructors who know the Reno Air Races like the back of their hands.”

The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) has sponsored PRS as a unique and productive opportunity for race pilots to prepare, practice and become certified to race in the STIHL National Championship Air Races each September. RARA, along with the individual race class organizations provides PRS to all pilots, though it is mandatory for rookies. The seminar offers race practice time, education, training and certification to all pilots, allowing them to race with maximum competitiveness and safety at the air races.

Tickets are on sale for the 52nd Annual National Championship Air Races held September 16-20, 2015 at Reno Stead Airport. For more information or to volunteer visit