For more than two decades, the Reno Air Racing Association has hosted the Pylon Racing Seminar (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.
This year’s “Rookie School” has been rescheduled for September 9 – 12, 2020 from its original date of June 10 -13.
For pilots interested in PRS, we are extending the deadline for applications and all documents to June 30. Applications for the 2020 STIHL National Championship Air Races will be available June 15 and should be submitted by July 15.
“Notwithstanding the initial signs of progress in the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, we believe that the safety and health of our racers, their crews, our volunteers and staff are paramount and that rescheduling these training and recurrent practice sessions to September is in everyone’s best interests,” said Fred Telling, CEO of the Reno Air Racing Association. “The uncertainty surrounding the safety of gatherings over ten people as well as travel restrictions in less than two months has led us to proactively adjust our plans to provide the participants time to adjust theirs.”
Whether you are a NCAR experienced racer or a Rookie, the Pylon Racing Seminar (PRS) offers something for everyone. If you plan on racing in the STIHL National Championship Air Races this September, this seminar is highly recommended! Once you check in, you will receive four (4) days of instruction from some of the greatest race pilots of all time. You will learn to fly the pylons at 50 feet above the desert floor at extreme speeds!
It is the objective of the Reno Air Racing Association Board of Directors to assemble the most experienced, skilled, trained and race-certified pilots to compete at the STIHL National Championship Air Races. To accomplish this objective, RARA along with the individual racing class organizations provide PRS to all pilots — offering race practice time, education, training and certification to all pilots and allowing them to race with maximum competitiveness and safety at the STIHL National Championship Air Races.
Who is certified to race?
Pilots and alternate pilots certified to race in the Reno National Championship Air Races must have competed in the same racing class in Reno within the past three races, or received Race Class Pilot Certification during the Reno Pylon Racing Seminar, including:
- Ground School
- Reno Pylon Race Simulation Flying
- Passing the check ride by the FAA Certified Race Class Check Pilot
Who must attend the Pylon Racing Seminar?
You must attend PRS if you fall into any one of the following categories:
- Never raced at the Reno National Championship Air Races
- Raced in a different race class at the Reno National Championship Air Races
- Not raced in the same race class in Reno within the past three years
PRS is a pilot certification program, not an aircraft qualification period. Although it is recommended, a pilot need not fly the plane he or she will race. However, any aircraft used must be of the same class for which the certification is being sought.
Should you have any questions or need help during the registration process, please do not hesitate to contact us by email at [email protected]