National Championship Air Races 2017

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To:  RJI Members Date:  September 4, 2017 From:  Rick Vandam Re:  National Championship Air Races 2017 Members We are in our last week for preparation for this year National Championship Air Races. Just to be sure that you might have all your arrival information and be ready to go when you arrive, I wanted to resend all the arrival information and to have it posted online for reference. So attached to this letter is the RARA arrival letter, the Jet Class arrival letter and a copy of the preliminary schedule for the qualification periods and show schedule. A temporary tower...
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NCAR Update 2017

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To: RJI Members Date: Aug 2, 2017 From: Rick Vandam Re: NCAR Update Dear Members- We are now only 5 weeks from the start of the Air Races this year and we’re looking forward to a very successful race this year. First off, I would like to share a bit of bad news. This past weekend Shifty’s Assistant Air Boss, Jon Proehl was killed in an auto accident. Jon was a pilot with American Airlines as well as a member of the Nevada Air National Guard with Jeff and myself. We will all miss having Jon with us. With this...
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Resignation of Mike Crowell

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To: RJI Members Date: June 24, 2017 From: Rick Vandam Re: Mike Crowell Resignation Dear Jet Class Members, We received word today that the President of the Reno Air Race Association, Mike Crowell, has resigned effective immediately. In the official statement (attached), it is noted that Mike is stepping down to focus on his wife’s health. Donna has been battling cancer for some time now, and we, as a class, wish Mike and Donna all the best, and send our hopes and prayers for a full recovery. We’d also like to thank Mike for his hard work to return the...
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PRS – What it is like

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By Nathan Harnagel In addition to certifying new race pilots, Pylon Racing Seminar (PRS) is an opportunity for returning qualified racers to practice and review racing skills.  Several qualified racers participated in 2017.  It was my first chance to come back as a qualified racer and I have been asked to write a short summary of some lessons relearned about operating these type aircraft and flying them in formation and on the race course. The Classic Jets Aircraft Association (CJAA) conducts FAA recognized formation training at various events throughout the year to qualify jet pilots for flying air show formations...
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NCAR Letter

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To: RJI Members Date: June 22, 2017 From: Rick Vandam Re: NCAR Letter Dear Racers- I would like to thank everyone who attended PRS and helped to make this our most successful PRS ever. Congratulations to our two newest rookies, Pete “Tool” Stavrides who will be joining the Riff Raff Race Team and Jim Beyers who will be joining Bob McCormack in his L-29. It was great to have Larry Labriola and Vicky Benzing back at PRS. They both plan to be racing again with us after missing last year’s race.  Jon Sokolov also joined us again in the Soko...
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Planes of Fame Airshow Under Fire

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Please see the note below from the President of the International Council of Airshows, as forwarded by Vicky Benzing. There has been some discussion about this in various flying-oriented FB circles as well. Fellow Reno Racing families, the Hintons and the Sanders are a big part of the Planes of Fame museum and show. I’m sure they’d appreciate a big show of support from their Jet Class compadres! FYI and Action, as you see fit. Rick Vandam Friends: Please forgive the shotgun style of this correspondence. Under different circumstances, I would have liked to write a personalized email to each...
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NBC Sports Episode 3 April 2nd

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Have you been watching the one-hour episodes of the 2016 STIHL National Championship Air Races on NBC Sports Network? Last Saturday was the airing of episode two of last year’s races and this coming Sunday, April 2nd, the final one-hour episode from last year’s races will air. Yes, this coming Sunday, April 2nd at 12:30pm PT/3:30pm ET on NBC Sports Network.
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RJI Members News 3/27/17

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To: RJI Members Date: March 27, 2017 From: Rick Vandam Re: RJI PRS Letter Racers- Good news! We finally have the go ahead from RARA that the online registration for PRS is available. Below is the note and link from RARA to get to the online registration. Please read the entire information on the site before starting your application. This will answer many of your questions and help you through the process. The PRS application is now online and ready to go! Please forward this link to your class members and those that are interested in attending PRS. http://airrace.org/racing/rookie-school/ Deadline...
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NBC Sports Episode 2 March 25th

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The second of three, one-hour episodes featuring the 2016 STIHL National Championship Air Races will air this Saturday, March 25th at 3pm PT/6pm ET on NBC Sports Network. A preview can be viewed here. “We received tremendous feedback about the first one-hour episode which took us all right back to race week,” Mike Crowell, President and CEO of the Reno Air Racing Association said. “Partnering with STIHL to help get these episodes on the air has been fantastic and we encourage everyone to tune in this Saturday at 3 pm pacific time.” The first one-hour episode, which aired March 11th,...
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A Cinderella Season

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By Nathan Harnagel There are times in competitive sports where a team comes out of nowhere and achieves far more than anyone expected. A “Cinderella Season” is one where the previously unknown challengers don’t seem to have anything in their favor and yet they make it into the championships.  The appeal of the story is that the new contenders are not from powerhouse programs with massive resources and hand-picked players.  I had the chance to participate in one of these underdog teams during the National Championship Air Races in 2016. The airplane that was the basis for the team was...
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