Jetrader - November/December 2012 - (Page 15)
A Day at the Races
The 2012 National Championship Air Races and Air Show in Reno, NV
For a few moments, forget Airbus A380s, Boeing 787s and the other commercial jets that dominate Farnborough, Le Bourget, Dubai and the other commercial air shows. In Reno, the scene is set by names like Precious Metal, Strega, Rare Bear, Sawbones and Midnight Rendezvous. From 12-16 September, the 49th National Championship Air Races were held over Reno-Stead Airﬁeld in Nevada. While the event has little to do with the day-to-day business of most ISTAT members, quite a few members can be found around the little desert airﬁeld in September. Without exception, their eyes light up when talking about what is advertised as “the fastest motorsport on earth.” As with any form of motorsport or transportation, there are always risks. In 2011 the failure of a small part (a deteriorated locknut insert) had tragic results. The races came under close scrutiny, and while it was clear that the Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) had always put safety as their No. 1 One of the crowd favorites—the brightly colored September Fury. priority, the NTSB issued 10 safety recommendations. Under difﬁcult circumstances, The T-6 class always offers a close, exciting race. RARA staff and volunteers worked hard to ensure an even safer continuation of the unique event in 2012. While 2011 certainly was not forgotten, the 2012 races offered all the excitement this one-of-a-kind event is famous for. Article and photos by Bert van Leeuwen, Managing Director, Aviation Research, DVB Bank SE
Desert Gold: The heavily modiﬁed P-51XR Precious Metal ﬂown by ace Thom Richard just before sunset.
The biggest Unlimited competitor: a Tigercat called Here Kitty, Kitty.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Jetrader - November/December 2012
A Message from the President
Q&A: Peter Barrett
ISTAT Europe 2012
State of the Regions: Middle East
A Day at the Races
Appraisers Seek to Improve Knowledge Base
Jetrader - November/December 2012