Pylon Racing Seminar (Rookie School)


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 National Championship Air Races each September.

The 21st Annual Pylon Racing Seminar [PRS] will be held June 7-10, 2018 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 National Championship Air Races this September, this seminar is highly recommended!  You’ll check-in on Thursday, June 7th and 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 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 National Championship Air Races.

2018 PRS Pilots

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:

  1. Ground School
  2. Reno Pylon Race Simulation Flying
  3. 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:

  1. Never raced at the Reno National Championship Air Races
  2. Raced in a different race class at the Reno National Championship Air Races
  3. 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 register for PRS, complete the registration form below and submit electronically to reserve your spot. All reservations are held on a first-paid basis by class. The deadline for your paid registration is Friday, April 13, 2018. Supporting documents are due no later than April 20, 2018.

Application Help Guide

Any registration received after April 13, IF ACCEPTED, will be subject to a late fee of $100.00. Once an entry has been accepted by the Reno Air Racing Association (RARA), there will be a $100.00 processing fee for withdrawals until May 15. Withdrawals betweenMay 16 and May 31 will receive a 50% refund of the registration fee. Withdraws made after May 31, 2018 will not receive a refund.

2018 PRS Pilot Registration Entry Packet


Crew, Guests or Class Official Package

Complete this packet if you are attending PRS as a crew member, guest of a pilot, class official/officer.

2018 PRS Crew/Guest/Class Official Registration


2nd Aircraft Addendum

If you are bringing two (2) aircraft to PRS, complete this packet in addition to a Pilot Registration Package.

2018 PRS Pilots Registration 2nd Aircraft Addendum


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

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