High Performance Aircraft Racing has an illustrious reputation of speed, adrenaline, and success in the world of aircraft racing. Alongside our first-class mechanics and support team, our chief pilot, Pete Zaccagnino, has won four total Gold Medals in the National Championship air races in Reno, Nevada. Pete’s first championship came in 2007, when he beat the competition to become the Gold Champion in the Sport Class. The next three Gold Medals were won in Jet Class, including the 2019 Jet Gold Champion, 2015 Jet Gold Champion, and 2013 Jet Gold Champion at 509 mph and the fastest qualifying lap at 529 mph.
Pete Zaccagnino is a former professor of Aerodynamics, Meteorology, and History. He has given over 100 training seminars on a variety of topics, and has been a guest speaker at aviation peer groups and universities worldwide, including Air Venture. Pete has flown over 23,000 hours in more than 270 aircraft types and flight tested over 685 aircraft in his distinguished career. Pete’s sixteen years of racing at Reno have included five championships, including the 2019 Jet Gold Champion, 2015 Jet Gold Champion, 2013 Jet Gold Champion at 509 mph and the fastest qualifying lap at 529 mph, and 2007 Gold Champion in the Sport Class.