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Tom McNerney

PRS Hotel Reservation Deadline

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Dear Sport Class Members-

As a reminder, if you plan to stay at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino for the PRS Formation Warm-up Training, or during Pylon Racing Seminar, the last day to reserve a room under the discount block is May 11th

Information on the special block of rooms is copied below.

Hope to see you in June!

Grand Sierra Resort Information (PRS 2017)

Each year Racing Jets Incorporated secures special rates during PRS at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino.  The following rates are available when you use the special reservation link provided, or by booking by telephone using the special Group Code found below.

Pylon Racing Seminar (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

Planes of Fame Airshow Under Fire

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Posted on behalf of International Council of Air Shows, Inc.


Please forgive the shotgun style of this correspondence. Under different circumstances, I would have liked to write a personalized email to each of you, but time is short.

A few tenants at the Chino Airport in Chino, California have filed a lawsuit against the Planes of Fame Air Show with the goal of cancelling this year’s show, scheduled for May 6-7. Their lawsuit contends that the show inconveniences them and hurts their businesses on the weekend of the show. The organizers of the Planes of Fame Air Show are seeking the support of the Chino community and the air show community in the form of your signature on an internet-based petition that they have developed.

You may sign the petition by clicking on this link: https://www.change.org/p/planes-of-fame-air-museum-don-t-let-them-stop-our-air-show?recruiter=703508264&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=share_email_responsive

If you’re willing, I’d also like for you to invite your friends and colleagues to sign this petition and make it clear that this kind of legal intimidation will not work.

If this lawsuit succeeds and these malcontents in Chino are allowed to force the cancellation of one of the strongest warbird air shows in the world, the precedent will threaten air shows everywhere and provide the playbook by which other malcontents in other communities can lead other efforts to close down community air shows.

ICAS will be supporting Planes of Fame in every way possible as they fight this battle, but – in the meantime – I urge you to take a few minutes TODAY to show your support by a) signing the petition and b) encouraging anybody you know to also sign the petition.

Thanks in advance for your help on this.

Very respectfully,
John Cudahy
International Council of Air Shows, Inc.
748 Miller Drive, Suite G-3
Leesburg, Virginia 20175

NBC Sports Episode 2 March 25th

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The second of three, one-hour episodes featuring the 2016 STIHL National Championship Air Races will air this Saturday, March 25th at 3pm PT/6pm ET on NBC Sports Network. A preview can be viewed here.

“We received tremendous feedback about the first one-hour episode which took us all right back to race week,” Mike Crowell, President and CEO of the Reno Air Racing Association said. “Partnering with STIHL to help get these episodes on the air has been fantastic and we encourage everyone to tune in this Saturday at 3 pm pacific time.”

The first one-hour episode, which aired March 11th, can be viewed here. The final of the three, one-hour episodes is scheduled to air nationally on NBC Sports Network on April 2nd at 12:30pm PT/3:30pm ET.

Telemetry Experts – 51 Aero

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Measurements, More Speed and other Reno Air Race Insights

Against a perfect blue sky, we watched 3 Thunder Mustangs racing in the 2016 Reno Air Race Sport Class Gold heat last Sunday.  All planes flew well with John Parker in Blue Thunder II coming in 2nd place with a speed of 371 mph.  Unfortunately, our fun was momentarily interrupted just after the Gold race ended.  A problem occurred with Blue Thunder II and John had to make an emergency landing on Runway 14.  John, the experienced race pilot he is, walked away unharmed and is determined to fix the airplane, even improve it for next year.

All 3 Thunder Mustangs (Blue Thunder II, Clas Thunder, and Swiss Thunder) running our 51 Aero Flight N’ Sight real-time telemetry had a good showing and displayed solid flying throughout the week.  All 3 planes will be back racing next year – with enhancements so watch out for that!

Thank you to all who came by to see our “Real-time Dyno Concept Demo”.  Using the TECAT wireless torque sensor we are gathering torque measurements to display and to show horsepower in our Flight N’ Sight telemetry trending software.  We plan to implement this capability to optimize engine parameters, possibly making individual cylinder adjustments.  This new feature will be available in our Flight N’ Sight system for racers or planes where high performance is a priority.

Innovation abounds in this crowd! Fred had some engaging discussions around the demo with premier engine builders, dynamic racers and imaginative airplane geeks.  Here are a few of the bold ideas that resonated with us that we’d like to share:

  1. In addition to measuring horsepower, an idea is to measure thrust. Measuring thrust is a true aircraft performance parameter of horsepower and prop efficiency.  Imagine knowing the RPM setting that gives you max power.
  2. Using the torque signature, detect detonation.  Use this data to adjust overall ignition timing or by individual cylinder to avoid excessive engine stress.
  3. In-flight cockpit displays for torque and horsepower to allow a pilot to manually adjust the mixture to get more speed and better performance in real-time.  Plus, it is an additional safety parameter if an engine problem occurs.

Looking forward to updating our engineering progress and exchanging more ideas with you at the next aviation gathering!

51 Aero works with air racers, warbirds, small business airplanes, and high performance experimentals to provide customized flight data trending and analysis to detect and diagnosis problems in minutes so that you can get back to your business of flying faster.  If you or someone you know would like to discover how our telemetry system can dramatically advance your flying, give us a call.

Fred Roscher and Lisa Hatamoto
(408) 313-8643

2016 Sport Gold Champion Jeff LaVelle

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The Super Glasair III was back this year and Jeff LaVelle picked up where he left off, winning back the Sport Gold Championship with a best speed of 403.411 mph!  The well proven design seemed stable all week with very little action in the pits.  On Sunday Jeff only ran what he needed to stay in front of John Parker, finishing the race with an average race speed of 383.397 mph.  Congrats Jeff!