For over 2 decades, the Reno Air Racing Association has sponsored 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.

The 22nd Annual Pylon Racing Seminar [PRS] will be held June 5-8, 2019 at Reno Stead Field.

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!  Check-in is Tuesday, June 4th. 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.

To apply for Pylon Racing Seminar – click here 2019 PRS

Should you have any questions or need help during the registration process, please do not hesitate to contact us by email at pilotregistration@airrace.org

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