| RENO STEAD AIRPORT ASSOCIATION
General Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
The Reno Stead Airport Association (RSAA) bi-monthly general meeting was called to order by President Tom Hall at 5:17 PM at the Reno Stead Terminal Conference Room, Tuesday, October 8, 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 Dan Ross, and Terry Matter (RARA Representative). Guest Member Mike Scott, RTS Manager was also in attendance. Directors Lew Gage, Lin Manning, Bob McLaughlin, and Alby Redick, Aviation Classics, were not in attendance. There were a total of thirteen individuals at the meeting.
Members/Guests In Attendance: Special Guests: Bob Meurer and Karen Inda, representing RTAG.
1. Minutes of Last Meeting: The Minutes of the previous general membership meeting had been previously approved without comment.
2. Financial Report: Dave Miller reported that we had $3,408.42 in our account, a continuation of the previous financial report of over $3,000 in our account.
We were reminded that the new membership year began January 1, 2019 and ends December 31, 2019, dues are $20 per year. Dues can be paid by check, or cash by mail:
Reno Stead Airport Association
5499 Alpha Avenue
Reno, NV 89506
or PayPal from the Website (www.steadusers.org), or cash/check to Dave Miller at the Miller Speed Sports hangar.
3. 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.
4. Program: The program was provided by Mike Reynolds, EAA Young Eagles Program Manager, who reported on numerous aspects of the Young Eagles program.
He spoke to the likely dearth of pilots over the next few years, our responsibility to get kids interested in STEM education, and the program’s reliance on general aviation pilots to provide free community service and aircraft hours to kids from eight to seventeen years of age to generate a higher level of interest in flying and aviation related jobs and activities. He talked about EAA’s extensive support programs, including training and educational camps, introduction to radio controlled modelling activities, and various other aspects of the Oshkosh programs. His other focus was on the educational support which only could be provided by teacher’s support at their schools. He noted that he had given a presentation to over 120 teachers at Oshkosh, however, potential liability was seen to be the primary reason for a lack of support at the administrative levels in most schools, which negatively impacted the program’s introduction almost across the board.
5. RTS Manager’s Report: Mike Scott said his overriding concern at the current time was 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 reviewed the map on the wall, and said that this would be a three season project, and asked that a host planning event be scheduled for early November for tenants’ review of the design and construction plans and phases. After some discussion, it was suggested by President Tom Hall that such an important session should supersede usual RSAA meeting matters, and the meeting of November 12 would be designated the proper arena for such a discussion.
6. RTAA Trustee Liaison Report: Shaun Carey was not in attendance.
7. RARA Report: Terry Matter said that there was no financial information yet, however, Thursday through Sunday Air Race attendance was about 110,000 individuals, about 10% over last year, with Saturday traffic up substantially over last year. The Air Races have been accredited by the FAA for a three year term, and they had also approved the STOL group which had received spontaneous crowd approval, becoming a continuing official race class next year. Kevin Quinn was their leader, and provided loudspeaker patter during their aerial displays. Terry also noted that the Thunderbirds operated out of RNO, which worked very well due to the challenges that Race activity at Stead engendered. There were two performers anticipated that were not able to get to our venue due to logistical challenges, and there was a mid-air problem in the Formula 1’s, however most everything else went very well. He noted that President Tom Hall had been on the distribution list for two letters sent out by RARA Chairman Fred Telling concerning certain individuals that had been found to be selling tenant passes, strictly prohibited by the tenant agreements previously signed. He hoped that the practice would be permanently curtailed, however, if it were not, the program of access and free wristbands made available would be re-evaluated.
8. Webmaster Report: Tracy Rhodes said he had published eight articles, and had updated the software 14 times. Over the previous month, we had 438 visits, an average of three pages reviewed, and 184 visits were from mobile devices, for 42% of the total. Of the 1317 total page reviews, home page had 204 visits, and for sale/rent had 422 visits. Our address is still https://steadusers.org.
Tracy also reported that at last weekend’s Young Eagles Rally, EAA Chapter 1361 had flown 42 kids in 21 flights, and used the new on-line registration system, easing volunteer manual interfaces with EAA National.
9. RTAG Report: Bob Meurer and Karen Inda provided reviews of anticipated activities, Bob spoke to the Operation Santa Claus to be held on December 7, noting that they needed more pilots and about 25 aircraft for the Parade of Planes to continue the Children’s Cabinet annual community event. RTAG Vice-President Sandy Munns will be Santa Claus this year, they need a Mrs. Claus. Contact Mary Lee Mansfield at the Reno Airport if you know any ladies who are interested. The RTAA will provide the clothing. Karen talked about the RTAG Poker Run to be held next week, noting that only nine pilots had signed up, Tracy said he would be number ten, and Karen said that they needed more than that to really make the fund raising event financially viable.
RTAG’s Annual Banquet is scheduled for Wednesday, March 4th, 2020, at Red Hawk Resort in Wingfield Springs. Tickets will be available in advance on the RTAG website. They hope to have 150 people attend.
10. Next RSAA Meeting: November 12, 2019
Mike Scott, extensive review of planned design and
reconstruction of ramp.
11. Other Matters: President Hall noted that UNR was hiring aeronautics and autonomous systems individuals this year, and Jan Bishop said that there was a real need for kids’ programs at this airport to generate young peoples’ interest in related aviation activities, education and jobs.
12. Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 6:35 PM
Jack Buchold, Secretary
RENO STEAD AIRPORT ASSOCIATION (RSAA) MISSION STATEMENT:
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.