Every year at the beginning of June we get a fair bit busier so pilots can practice for Air Races. Race airplanes will start showing up at RTS on June 2 and begin their training around June 3. It will be a little different this year because there are two training sessions; Sun-Wed and Wed-Sat. 56 airplanes are in Session 1, and 24 airplanes in Session 2. Wednesday will be a little more crowded as the first session finishes and the second session starts.
The Race TFR will be in effect from June 6 – 12 and, during those days, we will have restrictions for aircraft that are not participants. The airport is closed to transient traffic during the TFR and tenants will have 3 x 10 minute windows each day during the TFR to depart/arrive with a 24-hour PPR. Before and after the TFR each day, the airport will be open.
On the ground, airport property is closed from June 5 – June 13 to ALL vehicle traffic north of the hangars. Gates will be locked and there will be surveillance.
Between June 3 – 5, before the TFR goes into effect, the Sport Class and Jet Class will be doing formation training away from RTS, but will be launching and recovering here as flights. There are no restrictions during these days, but multiple groups of aircraft are moving around the airport and the traffic patterns.
For our neighboring airports and flight instructors, please ask your pilots to avoid using RTS for training or visits from June 6 – 12, 2021.
For our on-airport tenants, please share this with your staff.
In my next update to this tenant bulletin, I will provide details on NOTAMs, timing, communications, and hazards associated with the 2021 Pylon Racing Seminar. Please share this with our community thru your own emails and websites as needed so everyone can plan appropriately. Watch for my next email and let me know if there are questions.