Reno Blue Ribbon Panel findings to be released Tuesday

On Tuesday, May 22, the Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) will release the findings and recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Review Panel, commissioned in January to review the National Championship Air Races and identify potential areas that could be changed or modified to further improve safety.

On Friday, Sept. 16, the Reno Air Races experienced its first-ever accident involving spectators. In January, the Reno Air Racing Association reiterated its commitment to continuing the event in 2012, using recommendations and reviews from the NTSB, FAA and Blue Ribbon Review Panel to enhance spectator and pilot safety.

At the press conference, Mike Houghton, president and CEO of RARA, will provide an overview of changes that will be made going into this year’s event.

Besides Houghton, also appearing at the release of the findings will be Nick Sabatini, former administrator of Aviation Safety for the FAA and John Sharp, aeronautical engineer and Reno winning pilot.

The press conference will begin at 10 a.m. at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.

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