EAA Chapter 1361 has a history of managing the volunteers at the National Championship Air Races who work as as drivers/safety observers for the event people-mover shuttle. Volunteers drive the tractors towing the trailers carrying race attendees and observers watch for attendees requesting a ride and, when necessary, assist the attendees in getting on and off the shuttle. We will schedule a driver and an observers on each shuttle. As the number of volunteers increases we will establish an On-Duty Reserve position from the list of volunteers. The Reserve individual(s) will need to be at the event and will be expected to ride/check in with the shuttle driver(s)/observer(s) of the operating shuttles to see if they need a break. If so, the Reserve person will take over the worker’s position while they take a short break – perhaps one or two laps for the shuttle. The Reserve person may also be called upon to fill a position for a volunteer who does not show up for their shift.
Two people-mover shuttles work in the air race venue Wednesday and Thursday, one inside the race pit area on the west end of the ramp and the other in the general admission area on the east end of the ramp. Friday through Sunday there are four shuttles running at a time, two in each of the areas previously described, running in opposite directions. Shuttle operation will begin at 6:30 am and operate until 5 pm each day.
The number of people who volunteer to work will determine the length of the work periods.
EAA Chapter 1361 will receive a monetary donation from the Reno Air Racing Association for it’s part in organizing the volunteers for the event. The amount of the donation will be determined by the number of hours that volunteers work during the event operating the shuttles.
Volunteers who work during the races will be given attendance passes related to their number of hours of volunteer time and the number of days and specific days over which those hours are spread. Air Race management will determine the qualifications necessary for earning a race/parking pass of a specific type.
A schedule of volunteer working periods is available here. Do not let filled work periods or positions shown on the schedule prevent you from volunteering to work on a given day/time/position. The volunteers shown on the schedule may have offered to work for more positions than they have been assigned and their work schedules could be re-arranged to provide openings when you are available to volunteer.
Volunteer Training Meeting. We will have an Air Race volunteer training session on Saturday, September 9th at 9 am at the Reno-Stead Airport – SW corner of the ramp at the hanger with “T-6 Country” displayed on the side of the hangar. We will cover tractor driving controls, proper towing of the trams, safety observer procedures, and operation of driver/observer radios. We will distribute volunteer credentials to those who attend.
Randy Dierks (775) 232-7729 [call, don’t text]
Dennis Koehl (775) 223-7479
You need not be a current member of EAA Chapter 1361 to volunteer to work with the Chapter on the people-mover shuttle. We would, of course, love to have you join but will welcome your volunteer help in any capacity. Volunteers work for the Reno Air Racing Association, not EAA Chapter 1361, LLC. The EAA Chapter is the volunteer manager.
Please fill out the following form if you are willing to commit specific time as a volunteer at the Air Races or fill out our website contact form if you need more information. If we do not know the answer to your question we will contact the Reno Air Racing Association and find the answer.