Reno Clinic Recap

Once again, the joint effort of CJAA and RJI put together a very successful clinic at Reno Stead airport on June 11 - 14. Seven pilots plus six instructors combined for 28 total sorties. Saturday through Monday’s 18 sorties were focused on FAST training and procedures while Tuesday’s 10 sorties were based entirely on RJI racing procedures and maneuvers.

Throughout the event, we focused on detailed briefs, disciplined procedures and some hard flying to put together the best training environment possible for everyone, regardless of skill level or proficiency. While training and safety were the primary focus, we managed to have a lot of fun, especially in the extended trail exercises where the Alpha Jet was used to challenge the students.

This year’s clinic featured some very nice weather with moderate temperatures and limited cloud cover. The normal winds at Stead were missing on Saturday and Sunday, but returned to normal on Monday and Tuesday. Thanks to some excellent pre event planning by Jeff Turney and Rick Vandam, the Jet training and very busy Sport Class training meshed together well in the pattern and 5 different training areas around Stead Airport.

Alby Redick and the team at Aviation Classics provided world class support of fueling and ground support. Hometown Cafe hosted lunches and the Grand Sierra Hotel restaurants saw some excellent after hours pilot debriefs over steaks, seafood and wine.

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