Organizations featured in the Foundation tent

A popular visitor area of the Reno-Stead Airport will transformed into an education zone for the 2014 National Championship Air Races. Never in the history of the Air Races has the event served to provide educational programming in the areas of air racing, aviation, aerospace, and unmanned aerial systems. The addition serves as an educational launching pad for the next 50 years of the National Championship Air Races.

Organizations represented in the Foundation's tent include the following (click on the names to learn more about each group).


Civil Air Patrol

The Nevada Wing performs missions for Nevada and the nation everyday. We excel at the three mandated missions of Cadet Programs, Aerospace Education, and Emergency Services.


Perlan Project

Perlan Project is a a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit aeronautical exploration and atmospheric science research organization that utilizes sailplanes (gliders) designed to fly at extremely high altitudes.


Fleischmann Planetarium & Science Center

Fleischmann Planetarium is part of the University of Nevada, Reno and Extended Studies. It offers public star shows and large-format films showing daily in our dome theater, and public star observing courtesy of the Astronomical Society of Nevada. Built in 1964 and originally called the“Fleischmann Atmospherium-Planetarium,” it was the first planetarium in the world to project full-dome movies (of time-lapse clouds and weather phenomena).


Shades of Blue

SHADES of BLUE is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to mentoring, tutoring, counseling, and arranging internship and employment referrals for young people who desire to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers.


Nevada Aviation Museum

The Nevada Aviation Museum is dedicated to preserving Nevada's role in aviation, military, private, commercial, fire fighting, gliders and lighter than air vehicles. It wants to preserve the past, memorialize it, value the present and prepare for the future.


Challenger Learning Center of Northern Nevada

Using space exploration as a theme, Challenger Center creates positive learning experiences that raise students’ expectations of success; foster a long-term interest in mathematics, science, and technology; and motivate them to pursue careers in these fields.


National Aviation Heritage Invitational

The vision and mission of the National Aviation Heritage Invitational is to encourage the preservation of aviation history through the restoration of vintage aircraft to original flying condition.


Reno Aviation Museum

The Reno Aviation Museum and aviation science learning center (RAM) is dedicated to serving public needs; the community's desire for inspiration and education (STEM) in the aerospace industries; and representation of the rich aviation heritage that Nevada has to offer.


ISTAT Foundation

The International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading Foundation (ISTAT Foundation) was founded in 1994 to provide funds for scholarships, educational programs and grants to qualified individuals and institutions that promote the advancement of commercial aviation and humanitarianism.



Did you know that donations can be made to the Reno Air Racing Foundation, doing business as Pathways to Aviation, for the direct purpose of supporting one or more of these organizations? Contact the Foundation to learn more.

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