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Aussie's Racing the Jet Class at Reno Air Race in NV

June 30, 2017

“Fly low, fly fast, turn left”

 

 For those of you who love fast aircraft, or for those that dream to achieve the ultimate in thrill seeking aviation exploits, maybe this sport is for you!

 

 

Known as the fastest motor sport in the world, the prestigious Reno Air Race in Nevada USA is held annually each September. 

 

The ultimate test of a pilot’s skill, this race is one of the most the most exhilarating, dangerous race tracks in the world!

 

In the Jet class, Pilots will fly their aircraft at 50ft above the ground, up to 515mph, competing against the best pilots in the world to win the coveted GOLD class Reno Air Race. 

 

There is nowhere else on earth that you can fly this type of race, Reno, Nevada is the perfect environment, with an elevation of over 5000ft, if the density altitude doesn’t get you, the extreme heat and unpredictable weather just might!

 

This is not a race for the light hearted, only the most skilled pilots will get through the intensive training required to earn the highly respected Reno Air Racer license. 

 

Currently a handful of pilots in the world hold a license to fly a high performance jet in the Reno Air race as of June 2017, and the preparation and training is rigorous.

 

All ‘Rookie’ pilots wanting to race the September event must first attend PRS – Pylon Racing Seminar where they are trained to complete the challenging course.  Veteran racers can also attend PRS as it’s a way to get more time on the course before September. But for the ‘Rookies’ it’s a time to demonstrate they have the necessary flying skills to compete in this unique event.

 

 

For the newcomers being on the course at speed can be an eye opening and intimidating experience. Not only are they flying in very close proximity of up to 7 other aircraft but they also need to fly the course and be sure not to cut inside a pylon that marks a turn.  If they cut a pylon there is a time penalty for every cut. The pylons are actually telephone poles about 50 feet tall with specially made, marked drums mounted at their