The Pylon Racing Seminar held on June 6th through the 10th was a success for the Biplane class. We had in attendance, six rookies, a certified racer, three crew members and four instructors. All rookies passed the class which included ground school and flight performance requirements. All received time on the race course as well. The actual September races are fast approaching with the deadline for submitting applications having come and gone. We have sixteen entries plus an additional four "race current" biplane pilots signed up as alternates. The Reno Air Race Association allows race entered pilots to also list an alternate pilot, if so desired. By doing so, a "current" biplane class race pilot can qualify as an alternate during race week and therefore maintain his or her race pilot currency with the Association. This year, biplane pilot Eric Zine, is doing double duty. Not only is he entered in the races with his Race 17 biplane, he is now biplane class Secretary. We will be training him in ALL aspects of biplane class management. That means runway op's, various paperwork and record keeping. Finally, he will be learning about our relationship and working with the Reno Air Racing Association which is quite involving. Returning as the balance of class officials are as follows: Dennis Brown, V.P. and in charge of all flight evaluation, PRS training and anything safety related in our operations. Bob Zaha, who as a flight instructor himself, serves us well as an experienced class official for many years and working between our class and the Association and everything in between. Mike Stubbs as current class President and Treasurer keeping the books and class history alive and well on the planet. Jerry Aberle as our new class Technical Inspector of which we are excited for his participation this year. The famous U. S. Air Force event announcer, Leo Williams, will be color announcing for our class along with the Association's regular announcer in the grandstands. Birch Entriken will continue to add his vast racing and class management experience as our Rules Committee chairman. Mike Stubbs' wife, Patricia, will be working high up in the Reno Air Racing Association's office with their Executive Secretary, Lori Crown. We feel we have all the right people in the right places to be able to continue managing the biplane class as best as possible. An interesting piece of information is that of our sixteen entered pilots in this year's event, we have pilots coming from as far as Georgia, Texas, Washington State, Tennessee and Indiana. And remember, we fly our aircraft from home to the races. So coming from afar means lots of fuel stops and leg stretching. We are very happy that Dennis Brown, our V.P. of all things flying, will be with us this year despite his contract to fly airshows in China. I'm sure he will have plenty to share about his experiences in that country. Well, that's about it for now. I will write more in the near future as more news becomes important to share on our site.
Mike Stubbs, President