RENO, Nev. (AP, MyNews4.com & KRNV) – The Reno Air Racing Association President Mike Houghton has announced they will hold an event at the Reno – Stead Airport on September 12 – 16 of 2012.
Houghton said his goal is to have an air show and race at that time, moving ahead with plans for this fall's competition despite a tragic crash at last September's races that killed 11 and injured more than 70. Houghton says a memorial will be held to remember the crash. He said it, "needs to be done right."
Association President Mike Houghton said the association is enlisting a panel of experts, including former National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Jim Hall to advise the Reno Air Racing Association on new safety procedures. He expect the panel to present their findings in 90 days.
They are still waiting to get approval for all racing permits needed for the National Championship Air Races. If racing permits are not granted, Houghton said they still plan to have an air event. Houghton added if racing is not allowed it will be last of the event. Race officials say they must secure a number of permits to make sure the competition happens.
Houghton says the fans at the air races overwhelmingly want the event to continue. He said fewer than 20% of attendee from last year’s races asked for refunds.