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Pylon Racing Seminar

Being retired has it’s advantages in that I can pretty much guarantee that I will be in town for events that I would like to attend. Sometimes the home projects even line up with the right free time.T-6 class rounding the home pylon.

I was working in my hangar the week that this year’s Pylon Racing Seminar was being conducted at the Reno-Stead Airport. If you are not familiar with the Seminar you can check out this article I wrote on PRS after the session in 2009.

There seemed to be a lot more Sport planes and jets at the Seminar this year. I heard that there were about 120 people registered for the event – including both pilots and ground crew.  I didn’t see too many unlimited racers in attendance. There was a Corsair, a couple of Mustangs a Tiger Cat, the Precious Metal racer and Rare Bear.

I had the chance to talk with some friends that I hadn’t seen since Last September. We used to live in Northern California and had the Swift based at the Nut Tree Airport (KVCB) in Vacaville. The owners of the P-51 racing as “Jelly Belly” were a couple of hangers down from us, so we got to know them – as well as some of the local airport regulars who we now see working in various race pits.

Here are some of the photos I took during the week. You can see additional photos on the new site belonging to the Stead Airport Users Association.


Jet Racers at the Pylon Racing Seminar


A couple of the planes from the jet racing class.


Sport Class racers at PRS 2011.

Sport Class planes attending PRS 2011.


Radial Rocket preparing for a practice period.


A Radial Rocket racer was one of this year’s PRS entrants.


Lancair Sport Class Racer.


There were several Lancairs   and RVs attending the Pylon Racing Seminar this year.

Aviation Stories for June 10, 2011

This week was another sparse week for my type of links. As a matter of fact I didn’t find a single one that I felt like passing along here. I’m not really into arguing about whether or not N-numbers of business jets should be tracked.

I did find an interesting conversation about CFI compensation on Bruce Landsberg’s blog at the AOPA Air Safety Institute, but it’s more directed toward those of you who are CFIs.

There was also an interesting segment on The Aviators about whether or not a private pilot could land an airliner in an emergency.

But that was about all I found this week. On the other hand, there was plenty going on out at the Reno-Stead Airport this week.

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