PRTC Instructors

During PRTC you will have the opportunity to work with some of the best TOP Flight Race Instructors ever.

Several of them are Pylon racers and instructors at the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AIR RACES – RENO USA, and the others well known international aerobatic instructors for many years.

These Pilots are also part of the Training Committee and they will have the task of choosing the candidates for the PRTC.

Their job consists on evaluating each of you in the first phase pre-PRTC and after that with intensive training during the PRTC, if you pass the final evaluation, become a better and safe Pilot for the incoming racing season.

If you have any doubts about the persons we are taking about please check their CVs below:




He was born in Aveiro, but raised in Alenquer, Portugal, and is the Director of Training and also Formation Instructor for the ARC - Air Race Championship.

He was a graduate of the Air Force Academy and earned his pilot wings after attending the Undergraduate Pilot Training in the USAF. In the Air Force he served as a Ground Attack Pilot flying the FIAT G-91 for the 301 Tiger Squadron and as an Advanced and Weapons Instructor flying the ground attack version of the Alpha Jet. During his tour in the Air Force he also served as the #3 and #5 pilot with the national aerobatic team "Asas de Portugal."

After leaving the Air Force, he joined TAP Portugal as a First Officer flying A319/A320/321 and A340, before becoming a Captain in 2006. At the moment he enjoys the challenge of being TRI/TRE and flying Instructor/Examiner on the Airbus A319/320/321.

In parallel to his airline career, he is also an accomplished aerobatic and display pilot with over 150 airshow performances, flying all kinds of airplanes ranging from Yaks, Pitts Specials, Extras, etc.

He has logged more than 14,000 flight hours, with more than 2,000 in formation aerobatics and low level aerobatic flying.

In 2014 he took part in the inaugural ARC - Air Race Championship in Cascais, where he raced a colorful Yak 52 to a third place finish in the Vintage Class. In 2016 he will be racing in a Yak 52 affectionately known as "The Golden Yak".

John Taylor from Southern England has been a professional display pilot for over thirty years, operating his own display team as well as working for sponsored teams throughout Europe and overseas.

His main speciality has been formation aerobatics, winning numerous awards and accolades along the way.

He now concentrates on independent coaching and training with clients ranging from his homeland, across most of Europe and more recently international locations, such as Indo-China, Central and Eastern Europe and occasionally United States and South America.

With extensive flying experience in specialist light aircraft, he is a Flight Instructor, Display Authorising Evaluator together with separate roles as a Consultant and Safety Director in the General Aviation sector.

Through his career, the primary focus has always been on airmanship and excellence in a variety of sport flying activities. He was very much involved in the first European Formula One Air Racing, his best result becoming Winner of the Pau Grand Prix Air Race in the mid 1970’s.

He has great enthusiasm for the new Class Racing Formula and can see opportunities for current owner/operators to enjoy a unique challenge in the forthcoming ARC - Air Race Championship series.

With 42 years of flying experience Rick has accumulated over 30,000 flight hours in over 100 different aircraft types.

Rick started his career in the USAF flying the F-4, retiring from the Nevada Air National in 1996 with over 4000 hours in the Phantom. In addition he has accumulated nearly 1000 hours in various Russian MiG fighter aircraft, like the MIG 15, MIG 17 and MIG 21. In his career he also flew many other classic military aircraft like the F-5, F-86, Hawker Hunter, T-37, T-38, L-39, L-29, Iskra TS11, Fouga Magister, Casa Seata, Tucano, etc.

Rick currently is an Airbus A320 Captain with American Airlines. Before that he was also qualified in many other types, including the Westwind, AC1121, Citation, Epic jet, BAe 146, Fokker 100, DC-9, MD80, B727, B737, etc.

During this career he was a National Championship Air Race Jet Gold winner in 2011 and 2012, Sport Class Gold runner up in 2003, Sport Class Bronze winner in 2012, Jet Gold runner up 2013 and 2014 as well as setting 7 FAI World Speed records in aircraft like the F-4, MIG 15 and Glasier 3.

He is also the Chairman of the Board for the Sport Class Air Racing Association and President of Racing Jets Incorporated for the Reno Air Races.

Previous to this Rick has served as both the “Air Boss” and Director of Operations for the National Championship Air Races.

Rick currently serves as Director of Operations and Training for the ARC - Air Racing Championship, Europe, as well as Race Instructor and Pace Pilot.

Bob Mills, of Reno, Nevada has 38 years of flying experience, with over 18,000 hours of flight time in a wide variety of military and civilian jet and propeller-driven aircraft.

Bob is a veteran of the inaugural 2014 ARC - Air Race Championship in Cascais, Portugal, where he trained the initial cadre of racers in all aspects of Pylon Racing, and raced an Extra 330LC to a second place finish in the Extreme Class.

Bob is the President of the Sport Class Air Racing Association for the Reno Air Races, and flies Rocket Six Racing’s modified RV Super Six in the Sport Class. In addition, he also races in the jet class, flying Reality Czech, an L-39 affectionately known as "Kermit". Bob also flies as a Reno Air Race Pace Pilot, and is a Sport Class Racing Instructor and F.A.S.T. Check Pilot. In addition to racing at Reno, Bob also races in the Sport Air Racing League, in numerous races across the United States and Canada, in the Sport FX Class.

Bob is the President/Administrator of Formation Flight Incorporated (FFI), a US national formation airshow pilot credentialing organization. He is a Flight Lead for the West Coast Ravens RV Formation Squadron, flying his RV in airshows across the western US, and was a member of the world record-setting 49 aircraft formation flight of RVs in 2013.

Bob served in the US Navy and Navy Reserve for 30 years, retiring as a Captain in 2011. He flew the F-14A Tomcat and was an Instructor Pilot in the TA-4J Skyhawk. Bob also served as a Naval and Coalition Air Forces Command and Control Expert, and served three command tours in the Navy. 

Bob is a Captain with Southwest Airlines, flying the Boeing 737 aircraft. He has also flown as a Corporate Pilot, an Air Ambulance Pilot and a Commuter Airline Pilot. Bob holds a Multi-Engine Airline Transport Pilot Certificate with numerous Type Ratings, a Single Engine Commercial Pilot Certificate, and is a Certificated Flight Instructor.

Bob and Rocket Six Racing are proud sponsors of the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund (, a nonprofit organization set up to provide immediate financial support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Marine Corps, and post 9-11 veterans of all U.S. Armed Forces who serve in support of Marine forces and their families.

Bob and his racing team are sponsored by 51 Aero, producers of state of the art air-to-ground telemetry equipment, Anti-Splat Aero, makers of innovative products for Experimental Aircraft, and IS Racing, an independent provider of colorful racing support.

Born and raised in California, Vicky Benzing is an accomplished pilot, skydiver, aerobatic performer, and air racer.

With nearly 7000 hours of flight time and over 1200 parachute jumps, Vicky has a passion for everything airborne.

Her flying career has spanned over thirty years and she currently holds an Airline Transport Pilot rating as well as a commercial rating in helicopters and seaplanes. 

In 2005, Vicky began training with air show legend and trainer to the stars, Wayne Handley.

Competing in aerobatic competitions throughout the US, Vicky won first place in the Intermediate category in both the Northwest and Southwest Regional Championships in 2006. Two years later she placed in the top 10 finishers at the US National Aerobatic Championships in the Advanced category. In between flying aerobatic competitions Vicky began performing in air shows and today she focuses her energies on her airshow flying.

Vicky holds a surface level waiver and a formation card, and has flown well over 100 air show performances at more than 50 venues across the western US. 

In 2010, Vicky began racing in the National Championship Air Races. Competing in the Sport Class she won her very first race ever and was awarded the honor of being chosen the 2010 “Rookie of the Year” by her fellow Sport Class racers.

In 2013, Vicky qualified to race an L-39 jet and was named “Rookie of the Year” for the Jet Class, finishing in the gold at 425.6 mph on the course. Last September at the 2014 National Championship Air Races, Vicky won 1st place in both the Sport Silver and Jet Bronze races. 

In addition to her aviation pursuits Vicky holds a PhD in Physical Chemistry from UC Berkeley and has enjoyed a very successful career in the Silicon Valley high tech industry.

Vicky is currently Vice President of the Sport Class Air Racing Association and is on the Board of Directors of the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos, CA. 

Vicky is grateful for the sponsorship of Oregon Aero, the maker of seating systems and helmet and headset upgrades, the sponsorship of Hooker Harness, the producer of custom seatbelts and harnesses, and the sponsorship of ASL Camguard, the creator of advanced engine oil supplements to reduce engine wear.

You can learn more about Vicky on her web site at

Mike Steiger, of Houston Texas, truly comes from a flying family, as his parents were both pilots. With flying in his blood, Mike started young, soloed in many types of aircraft at the young age of 16, and has been flying for over 40 years. From model airplanes to full size airplanes, he flies or plays with them all. He also has earned his aircraft maintenance certificates, and currently is an aircraft maintenance inspector.

Mike attended Parks College of St Louis University from 1983-1986 and was the top pilot in the University's NIFA flight team from 1985-86 He flew for the University's flight demonstration team as the flight lead, and also flew with the US precision flight team in 1985. After graduation Mike instructed basic and aerobatic flight students, and competed in amateur aerobatics competitions from 1985-88, placing in the top 3 in over 20 different competitions.

In 1988 Mike joined the USAF and the Puerto Rico ANG as a pilot. He flew the A-7D Corsair and the F-16 Fighting Falcon in his unit, where he was also a weapons officer, and logged over 1500 hours in the F-16 from 1988-1998.

While in the USAF/ANG Mike also flew and instructed at American Eagle Airlines in the Shorts 360 and was a check airman until 1997. He then joined Delta Air Lines in 1997 and has flown the B727, MD-88, B757, B767 and currently B747.

Since 2005, Mike has been flying for the Commemorative Air Force in Houston, where he restores and maintains WWII aircraft. Currently Mike flies a Yak-52, Boeing Stearman PT-13/17, Fairchild PT-19, T-6 Harvard, T-34 Mentor, T-28 Trojan, Lockheed C-60 Lodester, B-17 Flying Fortress, and numerous other classic aircraft in the Houston CAF Squadrons. Mike is also a CAF TRARON formation check pilot. 

Mike teaches airshow formation flying in warbirds, and has performed in about 50 airshows a year, providing flight demonstrations in various types of former military aircraft from all different countries. Mike has also done a wonderful and amusing clown act in a J-3 cub in many airshows since his college days.

In 2008 Mike joined the Ed Noel racing team (NART) as a ground crew member for his Reno racing jets. In 2012 Mike started racing jets in Reno with the team, placing in the silver and gold events. Since 2013, Mike has been teaching formation and pylon racing to race rookies in preparation for the Reno National Championship Air Races.

Michael has over 16,000 hours in 130 different aircraft, and is a race instructor for the ARC - Air Race Championship. In the inaugural 2014 race in Cascais, he raced a Yak 52 to a fifth place finish in the Vintage Class.

Jessy Panzer is a native Nebraskan. She was born in Omaha but has lived in California, Colorado, and Arizona. After her father perished in an airplane accident, she decided she wanted to find out why he loved to fly. It wasn’t long until she became totally fascinated with airplanes and airports. A quest for “life in the skies” began.

Jessy attended Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona, where she excelled and became a flight instructor. After graduation in 2001, she returned to Colorado Springs her childhood home to flight instruct our Air Force Academy cadets.

It wasn’t long, however, before Lincoln, Nebraska, was calling. Here lay the earliest memories of her father as a corporate pilot with Duncan Aviation. A great friend and mentor, and legendary Nebraska aviator, gave Jessy the opportunity to learn aerobatics, while pursuing her corporate career in Lincoln flying Air Ambulance and Charter in King Airs and Citations. From 2005 until 2011, Jessy was employed as a corporate pilot for Fry’s Electronics out of San Jose, California. Today, she is employed as a corporate pilot for ConAgra Foods in Omaha, NE but still chooses to live in Lincoln.

Jessy flew her first air show in Fairmont, Nebraska, the site for the 2003 Nebraska State Fly-In. In 2004, she qualified to race at the Reno National Championship Air Races in the Formula One Class. Hard work and opportunity met when in 2005 Jessy was invited to be mentored by Sean D. Tucker, Bill Stein, and Wayne Handley on the “Stars of Tomorrow” Aerobatic Flight Team. That resulted in performing at one of the most prestigious air shows in the World, AirVenture at Oshkosh, Wisconsin. In 2012 Jessy was a member of the US Advanced Aerobatic Team, and helped represent the USA in Nyiregyhaza, Hungary at the World contest. The team placed 3rd overall in the competition.

In 2014 Jessy took part in the inaugural 2014 ARC - Air Race Championship in Cascais, Portugal, where she raced a Pitts S-2B to a second place finish in the Vintage Class. Also in 2014 she was able to complete her rookie year in the Sport Air Race class in Reno, NV where she earned the rookie of the year award. Subsequently, in 2015 Jessy participated in the races at Reno where she earned the fastest in type award, 3rd in the Silver category, and the Rocketeer award for largest speed increase from the previous year!

Jessy feels compelled to fly sport aircraft and aerobatics. When she is in an airplane, it is where she is supposed to be in life. It is a passion and a wonderful outlet for the creativity inside her. When one of her aerobatic routines or an air race comes together, she says it feels like being one with the airplane and is in “complete tune with the universe”.