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    Quote Originally Posted by Air Boss View Post
    PRS had fewer entries than we anticipated. Given the two session split, the second session was pretty light. No STOL, 5 or 6 T-6's, 2 UNL, and a few Bips, so we cut the session short and finished at 1100 Friday.

    A good, safe, week of flying. And I can report that on more than one occassion I heard the expression "Wow!" on the Race Control freq when a rookie was asked what he thought of the course.

    Now, on to September. If you're not pestering your friends, neighbors, and relatives to come to Reno in September, get on it!
    Wow is right, the only place you can fly on a race course around pylons.

    Motorsport tracks have all sorts of track experience packages for people that want to take their car onto a track. Has RARA ever considered doing the same. One week a month, offer a package that let people fly in, get some class room sessions then onto the course to experience the thrill of flying low and around pylons?
    Could become an aviators dream vacation. For those that rather not fly the course themselves, offer ride along packages in a warbird, T6, Sport or biplanes.

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    I did one of those back about 2001 when I bought my first Vette. Our car club went to the old Sears Point raceway and took a couple days of classes and driving their cars. Pretty intense and exciting. After getting cleared safely around the course (at close to 170) we got to do a few laps in our own cars with a safety driver along. It is the fastest I have ever had that car, 150, limited by tires. We got a special rate so it wasn't prohibitively expensive and I have been a better driver since.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo View Post
    I did one of those back about 2001 when I bought my first Vette. Our car club went to the old Sears Point raceway and took a couple days of classes and driving their cars. Pretty intense and exciting. After getting cleared safely around the course (at close to 170) we got to do a few laps in our own cars with a safety driver along. It is the fastest I have ever had that car, 150, limited by tires. We got a special rate so it wasn't prohibitively expensive and I have been a better driver since.
    Where the hell do you hit 150 let alone 170 hp at Sears Point? I know that track very well (its my home track), and while I'm not the fastest guy out there, I can hold my own against stock Corvettes, especially through the esses, and I'm pretty sure I never break 100 mph anywhere on the track. (I'm close going into turn 10, usually 7300 rpm in 4th, if my tires are fresh. Down the front straight, muscle cars (or cars with more than 150 hp) run away from me, but from turn 2 down to turn 10, I'll hang with most street driven vehicles. I'll also mention I'm usually the oldest car on the track.

    Will

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo View Post
    I did one of those back about 2001 when I bought my first Vette. Our car club went to the old Sears Point raceway and took a couple days of classes and driving their cars. Pretty intense and exciting. After getting cleared safely around the course (at close to 170) we got to do a few laps in our own cars with a safety driver along. It is the fastest I have ever had that car, 150, limited by tires. We got a special rate so it wasn't prohibitively expensive and I have been a better driver since.

    I road raced motorcycles at Sears Point in the early-2000's, and I can't see any place where you could hit 170.

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    Just on a short straight. The rest was a lot slower. acceleration was the key.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Air Boss View Post
    PRS had fewer entries than we anticipated. Given the two session split, the second session was pretty light. No STOL, 5 or 6 T-6's, 2 UNL, and a few Bips, so we cut the session short and finished at 1100 Friday.

    A good, safe, week of flying. And I can report that on more than one occassion I heard the expression "Wow!" on the Race Control freq when a rookie was asked what he thought of the course.

    Now, on to September. If you're not pestering your friends, neighbors, and relatives to come to Reno in September, get on it!
    That woulda been some handy information to have on Saturday morning. Still, 225 miles on the bike is still not a bad way to spend a Saturday.

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    Motorsport tracks have all sorts of track experience packages for people that want to take their car onto a track. Has RARA ever considered doing the same.
    The air races already are a track day. You go through PRS and then RARA and the FAA let people have some fun for a week out of the year
    "young" Thomas

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    Just imported and cleaned-out all the photos on my iPhone, there was a PSR one from Friday morning.



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    My Apologies, Fellas.

    I should have been on top of this while I was at PRS and given you guys a heads up that we were shutting down early on Friday. Could have spared a few folks a trip. My bust...

    In any event, here's hoping the trend toward increased attendance at major events continues and we see strong numbers turning the turnstiles at KRTS in September. I heard the rodeo basically sold out farily quickly and other events here in SoCal and other place around the country are seeing similar numbers. That bodes well.

    As an FYI, we lost the F-22 Raptor as a performer. Seems some brass in DC decided it was more important to send it to Mexico that week.

    But, the ACC stepped up and replaced it with the F-35A Lightning. Hopefully RARA markets the heck outta that and puts the fact that the pilot is the first female to lead this ACC team front and center. Good stuff.

    Would the last person to leave the Tower please turn out the lights. I was the Tail-ass Charlie coming down on Friday and grabbed this quick shot. Not a bad view from my office...
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    Owen Ashurst
    Performer Air Boss - Reno Air Races
    http://airbossone.com/

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    As for having a "Track Day" at Reno, I have a couple words...

    FAA and Insurance.
    Owen Ashurst
    Performer Air Boss - Reno Air Races
    http://airbossone.com/

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