Since 2005, Dana Searcy has been making the Reno Air Races a success. As the Pilot Coordinator for the Reno Air Racing Association, Dana is responsible for ensuring the races go off without a hitch in regards to the pilots involved in the races. As a non profit organization, Dana is part of the eight member team who work so hard each year to make the event possible. Along side with about 2,500 volunteers, the air races run for three days.
The Reno Air Races are held every September just north of Reno, the National Championship Air Races have become an institution for northern Nevada and aviation enthusiasts from around the world. For one week, the high desert north of Reno becomes home to hundreds of aircraft, their pilots and crews. In the past ten years, the event has attracted more than 200,000 spectators and generated more than $80 million a year for the region’s economy. The event features six racing classes, a large display of static aircraft and several military and civil flight demonstrations.
Dana Searcy’s leadership is helping improve the event every year. Not only is the event a huge contributor to the regions economy, but the foundation has continued to educate the public, especially Reno’s youth, about the world of aviation, emphasizing the role that air racing has had on the evolution of the aviation industry. The Foundation has provided funding for Flight Rallies in northern Nevada in conjunction with the EAA Young Eagles program, which gives youth the opportunity to take flight with a qualified pilot as an exciting introduction to the world of aviation. Help make this years’ Reno Air Races a success by attending the races September 11-13, 2013 or find out more on how you can help by visiting www.airrace.org.
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