Rules and Applications

Sport Class Official Rules of Competition

Below you will find a link to download the Sport Class Air Racing Association Rules as a PDF.  Additionally, pilots are responsible for a thorough knowledge of the Reno Air Race Association rules of competition, which can be found here.

Rules for Sport Class Air Racing: 2017

Sport Class Racing Qualifications

  • Pilots must have a minimum of 500 hours of pilot in command time in fixed wing aircraft.
  • Pilots must have 10 hours in the type of aircraft to be raced with 10 take offs and landings and 3 hours and 3 full stop landings in the actual aircraft to be raced.
  • Racers in the Sport Class must have recent, (past two years) race experience at Reno either in a race or in PRS.
  • Prospective racers without previous experience may qualify to race in the Sport Class after successful completion of the Pylon Air Racing Seminar.
  • During this seminar, prospective Sport Class pilots will receive formal Race Procedures and Safety Training culminating in a check ride.
  • Upon successful completion of the check ride a letter of competency will be issued to race in the Sport Class.
  • Parachutes are recommended, but not required. If using a parachute, it must have a current pack date. Helmet, Flight Suit and Gloves are required both for Racing and for PRS.

For current event schedules, race applications and deadlines, please visit the Reno Air Race Association website here:

PRS Application and Information
Race Application and Information

FAST Formation Warm-Up

Immediately prior to Pylon Racing Seminar, the Sport Class holds a formation warm-up for new and returning race pilots. Following a ground school refresher briefing on formation procedures, two days of 4-ship formation training sorties are conducted. For newcomers, it is a great opportunity to get comfortable flying in and out of Stead in a formation before PRS starts. For veterans, it is a great way to sharpen formation skills in preparation for PRS. Formation Warm Up begins with ground school at 10 am on Monday before PRS, so it is recommended that you plan to arrive the Sunday prior to PRS. Transportation can be provided to the hotel if we are given an estimated time of arrival at the Reno Stead Airport. Cost for the formation warm-up clinic is $350.

Sport Class Hotel Information (PRS) 2017

The Sport Class secures special rates during the Reno Air Races at the Grand Sierra Resort.

National Championship Air Races (5/31/17 to 06/11/17):

  • Sunday through Thursday
    • Resort Rate (lower floors): $69
    • Summit Rate (upper floors): $89
  • Friday and Saturday (6/2/17 & 6/3/17)
    • Resort Rate: $179
    • Summit Rate: $199
  • Friday and Saturday (6/9/17 & 6/10/17)
    • Resort Rate $129
    • Summit Rate $149
  • Group code: SCR617
  • Reservations at 800-648-5080 or https://aws.passkey.com/event/49031478/owner/16854/home
  • Reservations must be made by: Midnight on 05/11/17