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

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STEAD AIRPORT USERS’ ASSOCIATION Meeting Minutes December 11, 2012


December 11, 2012

The Stead Airport Users’ Association (SAUA) monthly meeting was called to order at 5:15p at the Stead Airport Manager’s Office, December 11, 2012, as follows: (minutes were taken by Terry Matter, Ad Hoc Secretary)

1. Attendance: Tom Hall, President; Ken Weigand, Vice-President, Dave Miller, Treasurer, Tracy Rhoads, IT Manager. Board Members: Mike Walsh, Lin Manning, Terry Matter, RARA Representative, Mike Dikun, Reno-Stead Airport Manager and Bill Eck, RTAA Representative.  Member(s) absent: Dan Ross, Secretary, Don Osborne, and Lew Gage.

2. Minutes: Minutes of the November 11, 2012 meeting were unanimously approved.

3. Treasurer’s Report: Cash on hand, $3426.34.  Currently there are 60 plus members.  Dave asked that all non-current members be notified.  New membership year began July 1, 2012 and dues are $20 per year.  Dues can be paid: check by mail, PayPal from the Website, or cash to Dave Miller.

4. Correspondence: None

5. Officers and Directors: None

6. Airport Manager’s Report:  Attention is now focused on snow removal and snow removal equipment maintenance.  Mike estimates that Stead is no more than 8-10 hours from full operation after a normal snowfall of 6-10 inches.  Again, just as a reminder, current snow removal priorities are as follows:  Fire lanes, runway 8/26, taxiway Alpha, taxiways between hangars, runway 14/32, taxiway Bravo, in that order.  Again as a reminder, the entry gates to Stead now have the new computer-operated card lock system installed.  The change over from the metal “dog tag” key is scheduled for a 6 month period ending in the March 2013 timeframe to give all tenants ample time to trade their metal key for or rent a key card.  During this 6 month period, both keys, the metal key or the card, will open the gates.  After the 6 month exchange period expires, only the card will remain functional. For those with metal keys, there is no charge for the exchange. For those without metal keys or lost metal keys, there is a one-time refundable charge of $25. Key cards are now available at the Airport Manager’s Office.  Please report any difficulties with gate operations to Mike.  Mike also briefed that the Twin Otter on the field is an SNC project testing radar landing system components.

7. Stead Liaison Report: Bill Eck:  Mr. Eck said the Board of Trustees are on schedule for the new Stead Terminal Building.  The construction bids due out soon and selection and approval next with construction to begin shortly thereafter.  (For a complete list of current Trustees and their bios, go to

8. Special Guests:  Doug Ritter, Aviation Museum Spokesman. Doug said the Truckee Meadows Community College is implementing an A&P curriculum in the near future.

9. RARA Report:  None.

10. IT Report:  Tracy gave a brief update of the SAUA website activity.

11. General Discussion:  The Board voted to expand the SAUA BOD to twelve members.  The first new member is Tracy Rhodes who was serving as a non-voting IT consultant.  Now Tracy is a full member along with his volunteer duties as IT Consultant.  Welcome aboard Tracy.  Tom reiterated that Airport Authority Board Trustees and Staff are always welcome and encouraged to attend the monthly SAUA meetings.

The next General Membership and Safety meeting is scheduled for TBD, location TBD.

12. Next Meeting: January 8, 2013, 5:15p at the Reno-Stead Airport Managers Office.

13. Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 6:20p.


Respectfully Submitted,

Herman D. Ross, Secretary


To represent the interests of all Tenants on the Reno-Stead Airport including Aircraft Owners, Fix Base Operators, Aircraft Repair Facilities, U.S. Government Agencies and all parties of interest;
To ensure that all Tenants have the opportunity to speak with a united voice to the Reno Tahoe Airport Authority (owner of the airfield facility), the Federal Aviation Adminisraton and the Local
Governments relative to safe and affordable flying in Northern Nevada;
To enrich and promote the reputation of General Aviation within our community; and
To pormote a “Good Neighbor” policy with the Nevada National Guard, support facility improvements that enhance the Tenant experience and encourage affordable services, fuel prices and hangar rentals from all sevice providers operating at the Reno Stead Facility.