Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Reno Air Races officials to outline event's future on Wednesday

The Reno Air Racing Association plans to hold a press conference on Wednesday morning to announce the future of the National Championship Air Races.

Mike Houghton, president and CEO of the racing association, will reveal plans for this year’s air event at 11 a.m. at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.

Houghton will “provide an update on the current status of the event and challenges moving forward,” according to a press release.

On Sept. 16, 11 people were killed and about 70 injured when a heavily modified vintage aircraft lost control and slammed into the tarmac in front of the box seating area.

It was the first accident involving spectators in Reno air race history.

“Since that time, the Reno Air Racing Association has held its attention on those impacted by the terrible tragedy,” they said in the press release. “Now, as 2012 begins, RARA must turn its focus to the future of the significant event which brings more than $80 million in economic impact to northern Nevada.”

Last week, Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board Chairman John Wagnon appointed a temporary committee to meet with RARA to discuss “needs, proposals and timelines” concerning the 2012 event.

No date for the committee hearing has been announced.


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