Reno Air Race CEO optimistic about permits 

The head of the Reno Air Races Association says he expects to secure the required $100 million in insurance and all the permits needed to run the 50th annual national championships in September.

But a longtime critic of air race safety told an airport authority panel Thursday that officials are moving too fast in the wake of the crash that killed 11 and injured more than 70 last year.

Mark Daniels, a former Army helicopter mechanic and air traffic controller, was the only person to speak during a public comment session Thursday at Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

He says the races should be put on hold until more is known about a recurring problem with P-51 Mustangs like the vintage one that slammed into the box seats on the apron of the grandstand in September.

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