Reno's Stead Field, home of the National Championship Air Races every September, is alive with the sounds of fast airplanes this week as the Reno Air Racing Association conducts its annual Pylon Racing School (PRS). PRS is required for pilots new to closed-course air racing, those moving into a new class, or those who have let their credentials expire due to inactivity. It features training and practice to help pilots get comfortable with the high speed, low altitude racing environment that also features other airplanes flying in close proximity.
Reports from the field indicate that the Sport Class, made up of homebuilt and kit aircraft, is well represented in the new class of pilots this year. Pylon Judge Dean Patmor reported yesterday - the first full day of school - that "most of the new pilots and aircraft are in the Sport Class, and most of those are RV's" - indicating that there is growing excitement among homebuilders for competing at Reno. Patmor went on - "Will the Sport Class grow to dominate the air races in September? Come and join us in September for all the exciting racing and we will find out together."
Kitplanes Magazine will be there to cover this growing segment of homebuilt aviation.