Aerial view of the Reno-Stead Airport taken from an aircraft flying overhead.

Information for pilots and users of Reno-Stead Airport.

2017 Pylon Racing School Information [UPDATED 6/6]


Tomorrow, Wednesday, June 7 Pylon Racing Seminar flights will begin. This will restrict airport use by non-participating aircraft.

A TFR will be in effect for the flying day. Times vary each day, but generally 8:00 am – 5:30 pm.

A temporary tower will be in operation during the flying day.

There will be specific arrival/departure slot times for non-participating aircraft.

Transient aircraft will require a PPR. Call 775-328-6570.

These procedures are in effect until Saturday, June 10 at 5:30 pm local time.

I have attached a ‘kneeboard’ card for non-participating aircraft to use. It has the times and procedures for both tenants and transients to use when flying during PRS. I hope you will review it, and, have it on your smart device or print for use.

Please send this email to other tenants or transients you know who might want to use the slot times listed. If you are an aviation group or business, please share with your members/customer/clients and post on your website if you can. Copies are available in the Stead Airport offices.

Tenants should have received a mailing from the airport with an explanatory letter three weeks ago, and you should have another mailing with a kneeboard card today. NOTAMs and the TFR have been posted. Please check them, too.

While we cannot eliminate all the constraints this event creates, we are all interested in making it as seamless and safe as we can for all of us. Thank you so much for your attention and cooperation. And, thanks for supporting one of the great aviation events in our country.



The Reno Air Racing Association hosts the annual Pylon Racing Seminar from Wednesday, June 7 thru Saturday, June 10, 2017. As you know, this event constrains normal airport operations. Stead tenants should have received a letter via US Mail around May 12th from RARA and RTAA outlining how RTS will be constrained. This Tenant Bulletin provides amplified details and also shares information with neighboring airports.

A TFR will be in place around RTS during the following times and airport property gates will be locked to prevent public access including Kart Track and adjacent property owners (a picture of the TFR is in the attached PDF version of this bulletin):

Wed, 7 Jun          0945-1730

Thur, 8 Jun          0800-1800

Fri, 9 Jun              0800-1700

Sat, 10 Jun           0800-1800

SFC – 10,500 MSL

The current PRS schedule is shown below.

During PRS hours of operations, a No-Prop/Jet Turn Line will be in effect West of the Grandstands. The double white and red line running west to east and then curving to the south, west of the Grand Stands defines this line. No engines/props can be turning south and west of that line, except for aircraft entering/departing the Alpha Ave hangars via the easternmost taxilane.

The airport requires a 24 hour PPR for transient use during PRS; FULL STOP or departure only. Tenant use is facilitated during certain “windows” without PPR listed below:

Wed       __       Thur                       Fri                           Sat

1130-1145       1015-1030            1010-1025            1015-1030

1340-1355      1230-1245            1225-1240            1230-1245

1545-1600      1410-1425            1355-1410            1410-1425

1625-1640     1600-1615            1625-1640

NOTAM (times approx.-check actual NOTAM):

AERODROME airport closed TRANSIENT aircraft except 24 hour prior permission required 775 – 328 –

6573/775 – 690 – 9450 June 7th, 2017 at 08:00AM PDT (0706171500) – June 10th, 2017 at 05:30

PM PDT (1006170030)

RARA will be operating the “tower” while the TFR is in effect.  The frequencies for use are:

Initial √ in for Departure (Taxi) “Ground” (126.4)

Initial √ in for Arrival “Race Control” (122.7)

AWOS (State “With information PRS” on √ in) (135.175)

Attached to this Tenant Bulletin is a kneeboard-size non-participating aircraft procedures guide. Please familiarize with it and print for use in the cockpit.

The Home Pylon north of RWY 8-26 will be up, as will Pylon Outer 1 between TWY B and RWY 14-32.

The Home Pylon and Pylon 1 will be erected on Monday, June 5. Expect a similar NOTAM:

Obstruction RACE PYLON 393955N1195236W (450 ft. N runway 8/26) 5118 ft. (72 ft. above ground level) lighted June 5th, 2017 at 08:53 AM PDT (0506171553) – June 12th, 2016 at 09:00 AM PDT


AS ALWAYS, CHECK NOTAMs.  Please share this Bulletin with local pilots and flight instructors/students, and let me know if you have questions.

[tenant bulletin pdf]

[schedule pdf]

[kneeboard pdf]



In advance of the Reno Air Racing Association’s annual Pylon Racing Seminar, the Sport and Jet classes begin their formation training out of the Reno-Stead Airport on Friday, June 2 thru Tuesday, June 6, 2017. This activity is organized by Bob Mills and Jeff Turney, both local pilots involved with the Sport and Jet classes, respectively, but it is not sponsored by RARA.

The attachment provides you a depiction of the groups’ plans for this training. As you can see, the aircraft will be departing the area for outlying formation boxes, then returning after their flights. It is their intention to impact as little as possible on the normal flow of traffic.

There will be a lot of additional aircraft parking and moving on the ramps for this activity.

Please share this information locally with others in our community since there will be a bit of a bump in traffic density here during formation arrivals and departures.

I will be sending out separate information about the Pylon Racing Seminar in the next couple of days.


[Download as a pdf]