Homebuilts Well Represented at Pylon Racing School!


Reno’s Stead Field, home of the National Championship Air Races every September, is alive with the sounds of fast airplanes this week as the Reno Air Racing Association conducts its annual Pylon Racing School (PRS). PRS is required for pilots new to closed-course air racing, those moving into a new class, or those who have let their credentials expire due to inactivity. It features training and practice to help pilots get comfortable with the high speed, low altitude racing environment that also features other airplanes flying in close proximity.

Photo courtesy of Kevin Eccles
Photo courtesy of Kevin Eccles

Reports from the field indicate that the Sport Class, made up of homebuilt and kit aircraft, is well represented in the new class of pilots this year. Pylon Judge Dean Patmor reported yesterday – the first full day of school – that  “most of the new pilots and aircraft are in the Sport Class, and most of those are RV’s” – indicating that there is growing excitement among homebuilders for competing at Reno. Patmor went on – “Will the Sport Class  grow to dominate the air races in September? Come and join us in September for all the exciting racing and we will find out together.”

Kitplanes Magazine will be there to cover this growing segment of homebuilt aviation.

Photo courtesy of Kevin Eccles
Photo courtesy of Kevin Eccles
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Paul Dye
Paul Dye, KITPLANES® Editor at Large, retired as a Lead Flight Director for NASA’s Human Space Flight program, with 40 years of aerospace experience on everything from Cubs to the Space Shuttle. An avid homebuilder, he began flying and working on airplanes as a teen and has experience with a wide range of construction techniques and materials. He flies an RV-8 and SubSonex jet that he built, an RV-3 that he built with his pilot wife, as well as a Dream Tundra and an electric Xenos motorglider they completed. Currently, they are building an F1 Rocket. A commercially licensed pilot, he has logged over 6000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, FAA DAR, EAA Tech Counselor and Flight Advisor; he was formerly a member of the Homebuilder’s Council. He consults and collaborates in aerospace operations and flight-testing projects across the country.


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