Officials move ahead with plans for Reno air races

By SCOTT SONNER | January 4, 2012 | 2:15 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The head of the Reno Air Races Association says officials are moving ahead with plans for this fall's competition despite a tragic crash at September's races that killed 11 and injured more than 70.

Association President Mike Houghton said Wednesday the association is enlisting a panel of experts, including former National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Jim Hall, to help ensure the safety of the event scheduled for Sept. 12-16 at Reno-Stead Airport.

Race officials say they must secure a number of permits to make sure the competition happens. But as of now, tickets are on sale for the race events.