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

Information for pilots and users of Reno-Stead Airport.

April 2017 RSAA Meeting Minutes

April 11, 2017

The Reno Stead Airport Association (RSAA) monthly meeting was called to order by President Tom Hall at 5:17 pm at the Reno Stead Terminal Conference Room, Tuesday, April 11, 2017 as follows:

1. Welcome and Attendance: Tom Hall, President, welcomed all at the meeting, including Association Officers:
Ken Wiegand, Vice-President, Dave Miller, Treasurer, and Jack Buchold, Secretary. Board Members in attendance were: Lin Manning, Terry Matter, RARA Representative, Tracy Rhodes, IT Manager, and Dan Ross, and. Board Members absent were: Lew Gage, Don Osborne, and Alby Redick, Aviation Classics.

Members/Guests In Attendance: Jan Bishop, Ron Kirby, Bob Meurer, RTAG, and Paul Watson. Special Guest(s): Mike Scott, Stead Airport Manager, Dani Austin, Project Technician, Stead Airport, Ken Moen, RTAA GA Property Specialist and Dean Schultz, RTAA EVP & COO.

2. Welcome RTAA Trustees: Bill Eck was present at the meeting.

3. Minutes of Last Meeting: The Approval of the Minutes of the March 14, 2017 meeting was unanimous.

4. Financial Report: Dave Miller reported that we held $3,704.69 in our account. At the previous meeting, cash was $3,523.66 and Dave asked that all members be reminded that we are now in the new membership year with dues now payable. Please do not forget that the new membership year began January 1, 2017 and ends December 31, 2017, dues are $20 per year. Dues can be paid: check or cash by mail at:

Reno Stead Airport Association
5499 Alpha Avenue
Reno, NV 89506

or PayPal from the Website (, or cash/check to Dave Miller at the Miller Speed Sports hangar.

5. Membership Report: Dave Miller said that 126 names had been on the previous membership roster, however, only 56 had paid so far for 2017 membership renewals, which had been posted.

6. Program: President Tom Hall introduced Mike Scott, A.A.E., Stead Airport Manager who had recently replaced the former manager, Mike Dikun. Mr. Hall reviewed highlights of Mr. Scott’s previous history, which included 26 years of Army service as a rotary wing aviator and flight instructor. He also ran airports all over the world, including Korea, Europe, and the Balkans where he built a helicopter airfield after his team and local forces cleared land mines. Mike said that his purpose was to facilitate “the quiet enjoyment and beneficial use of the airport” by all stakeholders. He would accomplish this by maintaining public and commercial use and space standards and ensuring that the airport’s use was in conjunction with FAA standards and guidelines. He said that his success would be measured by mitigating hazards, responding to accidents or requests for assistance, and proactively engaging with tenants while providing staff and tenants with accurate and timely condition and use information. He asked that if anyone is not receiving his emails, they should please let him know at his address

He then introduced Program Manager Dani Austin who had recently returned from Alaska, and noted that they were hosting a “Meet & Greet Morning Coffee” on Saturday, April 29 from 8AM to 10AM at the Freedom Flight Terminal, where RTS tenant thoughts and questions were welcomed and encouraged. She noted that there were two handouts, RTAA “A Guide to Fire Inspections” and a sheet detailing some Fire Inspectors “hot” items that they would be looking for, both documents available in her office.

7. RTS Manager’s Report: Mike Scott, RTS Airport Manager, reiterated that he encouraged tenant comments and questions, and hoped that his recent emails were keeping tenants adequately informed about likely construction and maintenance activities at the airport. There would be excavations and centerline crack fills on 8/26, landings should be on 14/32 and no landings on the taxiway. He said that they were waiting to hear on the funding for the concrete pads, Alby and his crew were hosting the Boy Scouts, and that if you were interested, the Twitter feed is @RTSAV8TR

8. RTAA Report: Ken Moen said that there had been twelve meetings and three public workshops held concerning the GAMS general aviation document which was currently being reviewed by the airport attorney, and that the next GAMS meeting would be held on May 25 at 4PM in this meeting room.

9. RTAA Trustee Liaison Report: Bill Eck reported that wet weather had delayed airport clean-up and road fixes, they were addressing firebreaks, and the RTAA Plans and Construction Committee today awarded a contract to Granite Construction for the Army ANG access road rehabilitation project to be completed in about 35 days between June and August of this year. A map detailing the area was provided for general information.

10. RARA Trustee Liaison Report: Terry Matter was in attendance and reported that PRS will be June 7-10, and that jet and sport class training was before that, there were four new unlimited pilots coming, and a New Zealand guy was shipping over his YAK to fly as well. The other classes appeared to be at full capacity and the numbers were good for September. He recommended the current issue of the Cessna Pilots Association magazine, where the FAA definitions of major and minor modifications was extensively discussed.

11. Webmaster Report: Tracy Rhodes said that the website was working fine, and there was more traffic than for the previous month. Nonetheless, statistics were: five articles were published, 1138 spam attempts to access the site were deleted, and the website software was updated 11 times. There were 360 visits by 320 different users viewing 2.9 average pages. 144 (40%) of those visits were by mobile devices. Tracy said there were 1335 pages visited with the most visited pages: For Sale 398, Home Page 181, Join/Renew 11 visits, Calendar of Events 52, Airport Businesses 30, Aviation Medical Examiners 48, and Contacts 18. Tracy is now in the Web Hosting business, if you need web site assistance or a new web site developed, please give Tracy a call.

WiFi Status: Current Stead_Users_West Password is: Jan2015-SteadU. The Stead Users internet transmitter is intended to be Ramp Access WiFi only and coverage is not expected to extend to hangars located south of the parking apron. Dave Miller and Dan Ross reported that we are looking into upgrading access, since frequently navigation devices are timing out before the download is complete. For those desiring their own personal high speed internet connection, please contact Robert Andrews at:

12. RTAG Report: Bob Meurer reported that his simulator and advanced aviation equipment had already logged over 100 hours of usage and he was very pleased with those results. He also noted that the EAA Chapter IMC Club meeting is April 25th at the CAP building, and on May 3, there would be a BasicMed presentation at the same location.

13. Other Matters: EAA President Tracy Rhodes said that the EAA B-17G tours had been very successful, with 12 flights over three days with 105 paid flyers out of 118 total and there were only two empty seats, altogether, both on the media flight. The next EAA meeting is May 6, when you may hear the latest news from three engineers about the current projects at Scaled Composites in Mojave, CA.

Dean Schultz, RTAA EVP & COO said that there was a new Trustee, Sean Carey from Sparks, who would be appointed tomorrow, and there were three other Trustees who would be terming out in June. He said a new Master Plan was in development, and we should look on their website for input.

Member Paul Watson said that he was looking for a small hangar to buy.

Treasurer Dave Miller said that the Annual Picnic would be held June 24 at Ken Weigand’s hangar.

14. Next General Meeting: President Hall said thanks to all in attendance, and the next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 5:15 PM at the Freedom Center (Terminal Building) Conference Room located upstairs.

15. Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 6:15 PM.



Jack Buchold, Secretary


To represent the interests of all Tenants on the Reno-Stead Airport including Aircraft Owners, Fixed Base Operators, Aircraft Repair Facilities, United States 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 Administration 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 promote 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 service providers operating at the Reno Stead Facility.