January 6th, 2012|
January 6, 2012
Reno Air Races Association (RARA) are moving forward with plans for this fall’s competition despite the tragic crash in September that killed 11 and injured more than 70, reports the Bloomberg Businessweek.
The 2011 races turned deadly when a 74-year-old veteran pilot of Ocala, Fla., lost control of his World War II-era P-51 Mustang. It crashed into the crowd, killing 11 people.
The RARA is getting a panel of experts to ensure the safety of the event scheduled for September 12-16 at Reno-Stead Airport. The panel includes the former chair of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
The NTSB has scheduled a hearing for Jan. 10 to examine the safety of air shows and air races in general.
The Reno group’s directors must secure licenses from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority. They also have to deal with insurance costs. Two lawsuits have been filed over the crash so far.
A FAA spokesman said organizers must develop a comprehensive plan each year that includes requirements for pilot and aircraft qualifications and a detailed course layout.
Race officials say that this is the only event of its kind in the U.S. They must secure a number of permits to make sure the competition happens. But as of now, tickets are on sale for the event