November 6, 2009
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Two Formula 1 racers that competed in the forty-sixth annual National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nev., were on display at Peter O. Knight Airport during AOPA Aviation Summit’s Airportfest.
Race No. 40, Miss USA, is a Cassutt Racer built in 1970, then modified in 1980 and again in the early 1990s; its maximum speed is 245 mph.
Race No. 1, Invictus, won first place in the Formula 1 Gold race, averaging 241.06 mph during the eight-lap, 25.5-mile race.
Formula 1 racers are powered by stock Continental O-200 engines and must have a fixed-pitch prop, fixed landing gear, at least 66 square feet of wing area, and weigh at least 500 pounds. Thom Richard, who instructs in North American T-6 aircraft at Warbird Adventures in Kissimmee, Fla., raced both airplanes at Reno.
Pilot responsibilities include requesting clarification or amendment whenever the pilot does not fully understand a clearance or considers it unacceptable from a safety standpoint.
Continental Motors announced FAA certification of its IO-360-AF six-cylinder engine that can be operated with 100LL avgas or unleaded 91UL fuel.
The caustic combination of crosswind and an ice-crusted runway sent the aircraft skidding into a snow bank built up by plowing along the runway edge.
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