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  1. #31
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    Default Re: Reno Air Races 2020

    The insurance companies will stop them, i can only imagine the field day attorneys would have if RAR became a vector for a new outbreak. Insurance companies are incredibly capable when it comes to limiting their own liability. Reno 2020 isnt going to happen.



    Quote Originally Posted by Air Boss View Post
    I remain cautiously optimistic that we'll be racing in September.

    As things move forward I would not be surprised to see the pace pick up RE: what gets opened and when. Perhaps not, but human nature being what it is, think folks will get more than anxtious to get back to some semblence of normal. And it's not beyond the realm of possibility that folks who are "jonesin'" for an airshow of any kind might be inclined to make their way to Reno.

    Lot's of unknowns of course, but I am still in the "Damn the Torpedo's, Full Speed Ahead!" mode.

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    Default Re: Reno Air Races 2020

    As per the 5:30 news this morning Hot August Nights, Rib Fest, Wing Fest, Balloon Races and Air Races are still on. Will see once they gets closer what happens. Maybe I am being a bit over-cautious (we have lost some friends and a relative to this bug) but I just don't think large gatherings are a good idea until we have at least a decent treatment for this thing.

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    Default Re: Reno Air Races 2020

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob View Post
    The insurance companies will stop them, i can only imagine the field day attorneys would have if RAR became a vector for a new outbreak. Insurance companies are incredibly capable when it comes to limiting their own liability. Reno 2020 isnt going to happen.
    EDIT: 05/13 -
    You may be right re: 2020 and we're all entitled to our opinions. I respectfully disagree with the insurance aspect to some degree, however. Speaking only as an interested party here, not as RARA staff:

    First, every ticket to the event has what is referred to as an "exculpatory clause." Basically, when you purchase a ticket and enter the gate, you agree to hold the event organizer harmless and waive any liability claims against the event organizer. Some of these can depend upon the state in which the event takes place and it may be subject to the event organizer taking reasonable steps to ensure the safety and health of its attendees. Now there are a few caveats here but essentially: so long as RARA follows the guidelines put out by the state and local regulatory agencies, and takes reasonable steps to mitigate the potential of infection (signage encouraging social distancing, all marketing mat'ls encouraging use of masks, possibly handing out sanitizer, etc), they will be on fairly solid ground. That said, fact remains nothing printed on the back of any ticket or pit pass will prevent someone from filing a claim. That's the nature our our litigious society and the risk event organizers take in order to put on an event. And it's possible the coverage RARA has may exclude communicable diseases...dont' know.

    Second, no doubt RARA is in discussions with their insurance broker, carrier, and underwriters regarding this very question. I know other shows I was/am scheduled to work this year (lost four shows this year) are having those very same discussions. This subject matter is front and center for everyone in this industry right now and knowing the RARA Board as I do, it is front and center on their minds as well. I don't believe they'd move forward if their analysis indicates the risk vs. reward is unacceptable.

    Again, it's entirely possible we won't race this year...but it's entirely possible we will. Lot's of unknowns here and many moving parts that are outside RARA's (or anyone else's) control. Take it a day at a time. Hope for the best and plan for it...if it turns out otherwise, so be it. But it won't be because RARA was not prepared.
    Last edited by Air Boss; 05-13-2020 at 07:54 AM.
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