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For over a decade, 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 17th Pylon Racing Seminar [PRS] will be held June 11-14, 2014 at Reno Stead Field. Deadline to enter is May 3rd, 2014.
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 Reno 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 Reno 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:
Who must attend the Pylon Racing Seminar?
You must attend PRS if you fall into any one of the following categories:
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.
All phases of the certification must be completed during the Pylon Racing Seminar for any pilot who has never raced in Reno. There are no exceptions.
RARA makes no guarantees that there will be time available in September for a pilot to become certified in a new class or re-certified in a class in which he/she has previously raced at Reno. If time is available in September, pilots who complete in the Ground School portion of PRS will be given priority to become certified.
With an increase in the number of aircraft entered to compete in all classes, the time available for pilot certification during qualifying periods in September may be reduced or even eliminated. If the race class fields are filled by certified pilots who need to practice and qualify their aircraft, they will be given priority over pilots who need to complete the certification process.
MEDICAL REQUIREMENT: RARA requires each contestant, regardless of class, to have a current Type I or II Medical Certificate issued within six (6) months of any NCAR. A current Type I or II Medical Certificate is also required for PRS. Additionally, RARA highly recommends that all race pilots complete an EKG and a stress test and document same in the NCAR Race Entry Package.