WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Transportation Safety Board has determined that deteriorated locknut inserts found in Jimmy Leeward’s P-51D that crashed during the 2011 National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada, allowed the trim tab attachment screws to become loose, and even initiated fatigue cracking in one screw. This condition, which resulted in reduced stiffness in the elevator trim system, ultimately led to aerodynamic flutter at racing speed that broke the trim tab linkages, resulting in a loss of controllability and the eventual crash, NTSB officials said.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — As part of its continuing investigation into the crash of Jimmy Leeward’s P-51D at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada, the National Transportation Safety Board has opened the public docket, which includes photographs and copies of interviews.
The Reno Air Races has a new name: TravelNevada.com Reno National Championship Air Races and Air Show Presented by Breitling. The change is a condition of the state’s Tourism Commission’s three-year, $600,000 title sponsorship to be paid out of surplus room tax revenues, according to a report at the Reno Gazette-Journal.
3D Entertainment Distribution has inked an agreement to present “Air Racers 3D,” in Reno exclusively at Cinemark Century Theatres from Sept. 7-20. The two-week theatrical engagement will coincide with the 2012 National Championship Air Races at Reno-Stead Airport, which will see the young star of the 3D film, pilot Steven Hinton, in competition for the fourth consecutive time.
UAV Navigation, a vendor of flight control avionics and motion processing solutions, will sponsor a plane in Reno’s National Championship Air Races and Air Show in September. Guillermo Parodi, UAV Navigation’s CEO and co-founder, will fly the aircraft as a pilot. His plane, nº36, dubbed “N-A-RUSH”, is a Cassutt Special III, a single-seat racing jet designed in the United States in 1951 by ex-TWA captain Tom Cassutt.
The Reno Air Races will be a go, according to a report at EAA.org, which notes that the Reno Air Racing Association has secured a $100 million insurance policy for the races, which will be held Sept. 12-16 at Stead Airport.
The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board has given a 1-year special permit for the Reno National Championship Air Races with the stipulation that the Reno Air Racing Association obtain $100 million in insurance coverage, according to a story in the Reno Gazette-Journal.
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.
Air Racers 3D, the first IMAX movie devoted to the Reno Air Races, is rolling out across the country at select IMAX theaters, including the Naval Aviation Museum (Pensacola, Florida), Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center (Hutchinson, Kansas), National Infantry Museum (Columbus, Georgia) and U.S. Space & Rocket Centre (Huntsville, Alabama).
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Lockheed IMAX Theatre in Washington, DC, and the U.S. Air Force Museum (Dayton, Ohio) will launch Air Racers 3D on May 25, followed by the Houston Museum of Natural Science (Houston, Texas), COSI The center of Science & Industry (Columbus, Ohio), New Mexico Museum of Space History (Alamogordo, New Mexico) and Tycho Brahe Planetarium in Copenhagen (Denmark).