Aerial view of the Reno-Stead Airport taken from an aircraft flying overhead.

Information for pilots and users of Reno-Stead Airport.

NTSB Releases their Investigative Update on the Reno Air Races.

From the Press release:

RENO, NV – The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) provided an investigative update today, on last year’s crash of a highly modified P-51D airplane at the National Championship Air Races in Reno Nevada. On September 16, 2011, the pilot of the Galloping Ghost experienced an upset while turning between pylons 8 and 9 on the race course. The airplane crashed on the ramp in the box seat spectator area. The pilot and 10 spectators were killed and more than 60 others were injured.

In addition to the investigative update, NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman announced that the agency was issuing a total of seven safety recommendations to make the National Championship Air Races a safer event for pilots and spectators alike.

“We are not here to put a stop to air racing,” said Chairman Hersman. “We are here to make it safer.”

The full text of the report may be found here on the website.


The Blue Ribbon Panel formed by the Reno Air Racing Association to investigate the incident and recommend safety change is scheduled to report their findings in approximately two weeks.