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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: 2023

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:

Race Application and Information

Application Tips

Owner Data and Release of Liability (ROL)

  • If ownership of the aircraft is listed as an “LLC”, the “LLC” is the owner.
  • If it is a Trust, the Trust is the owner.
  • If the aircraft has multiple owners, each owner must be listed and each must sign the Release of Liability (ROL).

Certificate of Insurance (COI)

Aircraft Safety Diagram

Technical Inspection Tips

Please read over these documents related to technical inspection of your aircraft and gear.  Each airplane and flight gear must be inspected by the Sport Class Technical Inspector prior to being allowed on course.  Please review the documents and ensure your aircraft meets these standards prior to attending an event.

Sport Class Ramp Operations

Please view the documents below which detail all ramp operations during the Air Races.

Ramp Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) document.
PowerPoint detailing the changes for 2019, compared to previous years.  We will updated with 2021 information when it is available.