RARA Welcomes Bobbi Thompson as VP of Strategic Planning

National Championship Air Races

RENO, Nev [April 26, 2018] – The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) is pleased to welcome Bobbi Thompson to the team as VP of Strategic Planning. Bobbi Thompson is currently the Airport Manager at Minden Airport and brings her knowledge of the aviation industry to assist RARA with sponsorship coordination and operational efficiency.

Bobbi Thompson has successfully run the Minden Air Show for the last five years and has over 35 years of experience of producing air shows around the United States and Central America.

“Bobbi will serve RARA as a vital asset to the team with her extensive background in aviation, previous experience hosting air shows, and managing Fixed Based Operations,” says Fred Telling, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of the Reno Air Racing Association. “Her knowledge, experience and passion for aviation, and northern Nevada roots made Bobbi a clear choice for this position.”

She has attended the National Championship Air Races for over 26 years and has also served as an aviation consultant in the United States and 12 other countries around the world. Bobbi is the COO of ABS Aviation, is a pilot with more than 4000 hours of flight time and is an FAI Record Holder.

“Bobbi’s background and experience will help extend RARA’s sponsorship reach and also help maintain the high level of operational efficiency necessary to continue improving our one-of-a-kind event, which annually brings as much as a $91 million economic impact to our local community,” says Tony Logoteta, COO of the Reno Air Racing Association.

“I am thrilled to join RARA and help produce the STIHL National Championship Air Races,” says Bobbi Thompson, VP of Strategic Planning of Reno Air Racing Association. “After attending NCAR for over 26 years and then later participating in the Unlimited and T6 classes, I am excited to join the team and look forward to helping make future events even greater.”

Tickets are on sale for the 55th annual STIHL National Championship Air Races, scheduled September 12-16, 2018 at Reno Stead Airport. For more information or to volunteer visit www.airrace.org.


About the Reno Air Racing Association: The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA), a 501(c)(3), holds the STIHL National Championship Air Races every September just north of Reno. The Reno Air Races have become an institution for northern Nevada and aviation enthusiasts from around the world. Independent economic impact studies have shown that our event generates as much as $91.7 million annually for our local economy. The event features six racing classes, a large display of static aircraft and several military and civilian flight demonstrations. For more information on the STIHL National Championship Air Races, to obtain media credentials, volunteer or purchase tickets for this year’s event, visit www.airrace.org.

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