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Thread: Unlimited Saftey Stand Down

  1. #21

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    So, a bit confused here....is the VP of Unlimited Class lying when he says there will be no unlimiteds this year? Not really a gray area here. Matt Jackson saying no unlimiteds and Wild Bill Kelso saying there will be unlimiteds. Who do we believe? And please don't give the answer we will see when the races get nearer. Some of us need to make plans far in advance to be able to go. I only go because of the unlimited class.

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    Our clue was "Jet Man", I remember how well "Fly Man" was received by the race fans. I am done if the Unlimiteds are done and will surely cancel my plans plus $700 in race tickets. Thanks for the post, KC

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    Is the RENO RACE site down or is it just me? thanks, KC

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    Default Re: Unlimited Saftey Stand Down

    Quote Originally Posted by KAHNZILLA View Post
    Is the RENO RACE site down or is it just me? thanks, KC
    Looks like just you

  5. #25

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    Another thought...if no unlimiteds then can the Reno Air Races still be claiming the fastest motor sport? Some of the top fuel dragsters are over the 300mph mark now......

  6. #26

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    It's not that complicated.

    Matt Jackson and the Unlimited Division of NAG have decided that racing with the 250' ceiling and the new course changes make it too dangerous and they have decided to stand down if the ceiling issue is not changed.

    RARA said, fine - we'll go around you and start our own club and they will play by our rules.

    Now, we wait and see who decides to break from the safe group and become "SCAB race pilots".

    It's a sad day for air racing when pilots are ignored when they talk about their own safety.

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    Default Re: Unlimited Saftey Stand Down

    Unless I missed it somewhere, here's the link to LiveAirShowTV and the interview with Houghton:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrWtv...ature=youtu.be

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    Default Re: Unlimited Saftey Stand Down

    Quote Originally Posted by Rigby View Post
    So, a bit confused here....is the VP of Unlimited Class lying when he says there will be no unlimiteds this year? Not really a gray area here. Matt Jackson saying no unlimiteds and Wild Bill Kelso saying there will be unlimiteds. Who do we believe? And please don't give the answer we will see when the races get nearer. Some of us need to make plans far in advance to be able to go. I only go because of the unlimited class.
    Just curious...who is the President of the unlimited class?

  9. #29

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Adkins View Post
    Just curious...who is the President of the unlimited class?
    Tom Camp

  10. #30

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    The problem is this: the scatter distance between the race course and the crowd line is calculated from the speed and altitude of the pieces in case of a structural failure. FAA requirements determine that distance and the stands cannot feasibly be moved. If you go over 250' the scatter distance increases and the race course is no longer FAA legal. What is more important - the safety of the crowd or the safety of the pilots? We all know how unpredictable an out of control aircraft is when it gains some altitude.

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