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General Meeting Minutes, November 12, 2019


General Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The Reno Stead Airport Association (RSAA) bi-monthly general meeting was called to order by President Tom Hall at 5:15 pm at the Reno Stead Terminal Conference Room, Tuesday, November 12, 2019 as follows:

Welcome and Attendance: Tom Hall, President, welcomed all to the meeting. Association Officers Jack Buchold, Secretary, and Dave Miller, Treasurer were in attendance as was Tracy Rhodes, IT Manager, Directors Lew Gage, Bob McLaughlin, and Alby Redick of Aviation Classics were in attendance, as were Dan Ross, and Terry Matter, our RARA Representative. Guest Member Mike Scott, RTS Manager was also in attendance. Director Lin Manning was not in attendance. There were a total of about 45 individuals at the meeting.

Members/Guests In Attendance: Special Guest(s): Bob Meurer, representing RTAG.

Mike Scott provided pasta, salad, and garlic bread for dinner at this special meeting and plenty of information, while RSAA provided drinks and dessert.

  1. Minutes of Last Meeting: The Minutes of the previous general membership meeting had been previously approved without comment.
  2. Financial Report: Dave Miller that we had $3,408.42 in our account, a continuation of the previous financial report of over $3 thousand in our account.

We were reminded that The new membership year begins again on January 1, and ends December 31. Dues are still $20 per year, and represent an excellent investment to keep up to date on the many changes that continue at our Airport. Dues can be paid by cash or check by mail addressed to:

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.

  1. Membership Report: Jack Buchold reported 123 listed names on the roster per Dave Miller, 86 names on our email distribution list, and 65 paid memberships.
  2. Program: The program was provided by Mike Scott, A.A.E., Manager, Reno-Stead Airport, who reported extensively on numerous aspects of the TWY A/Ramp reconstruction project. He was supported by professional staff from Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc., representing the design, engineering, and project management aspects of the anticipated three and one half year project which will impact all airport tenants. These individuals were; Bryce Juzek, Heath Hildebrandt, and Steven Hughey.

Mike said on November 8, a drone had been flying tracks over the ramp from east to west, at about 300 feet AGL, south of runway 8/26 and west of runway 14/32, to assist with surveying for the project. The project would include the design and reconstruction of Alpha, which would be down to the sub-strata, and back up. He reported that this was all predicated on when funds were received for the project, and the periods of time required for PRS, RARA, and fire tanker activities. He provided four large 11X17 colored reference document maps, the first of which was the Overall Work Area Plan, followed by each seasonal Work Area Plan. He reiterated that this was a three season construction project, and tonight’s activity was hoped to be the basis for fruitful tenant’s review and discussion of the design and construction plans and phases.

The bid documents are expected to be out after the New Year, then the Phase 1 bid would go to the FAA hopefully by springtime, or if time were not available for review during that period, then the project would start later in the year. The structure of the process is expected to be three different construction seasons, with three separate contracts. He noted it will be over 60 acres of pavement that will be reworked, and responded to Lew Gage that 40 miles of joints and cracks will be reworked.

There will be drainage improvements. The project will start on the east side of the airport, since the pavement is worst there, then proceed west. The BLM area is a separate matter, since they will need it during fire season. Mike reiterated that there may be certain areas closed to traffic because of the checkerboard pattern of construction activities, however, everyone is asked to be aware of the mitigating circumstances that will be in place as much as possible, during these three seasons.

Terry Matter was concerned about PRS and the Races, and Mike confirmed that construction equipment would be removed from the apron during those periods.

  1. RTS Manager’s Report: see above
  2. RTAA Trustee Liaison Report: Shaun Carey was not in attendance.
  3. RARA Report: Terry Matter was not specifically requested to provide an update, however he said ticketing was up about 10% and it was a good year.
  4. Webmaster Report: Tracy Rhodes provided information that reported publishing seven new articles, updating the software 15 times, and upgrading to WordPress version 5.2.4. Over the previous month, we had 261 visits, an average of three pages reviewed, and 113 visits from mobile devices, a relatively steady slightly over 40% of the total. Of the 850 total page reviews, home page had 121 visits, and for sale/rent had 275 visits. Our address is still
  5. RTAG Report: Bob Meurer was not specifically requested to give a report, however, he wanted to remind us about the Tom Pagnano Scholarship of $2,500 and the Operation Santa Claus need for additional aviators. He said they had 12, and would like 25.
  6. Next RSAA Meeting: December 10, 2019
    Brandi Cjose, Reno Tower Chief.
  7. Other Matters: President Hall reminded us that the Operation Santa Claus was December 7, and he would be sponsoring a chili feed at his hangar on January 15, 2020.
  8. Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 6:45 PM, however, separate discussions continued unabated for the next hour.

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.