STEAD AIRPORT USERS’ ASSOCIATION
November 09, 2010
The Stead Airport Users’ Association (SAUA) held a meeting at 305 S. Arlington Avenue on November 09, 2010, as follows:
1. Attendance: Tom Hall, President; Dave Miller, Vice President/Treasurer; Dan Ross, Secretary; Directors; Lin Manning, Don Osborne, Lew Gage, Ken Weigand, and Mike Dikun, Reno-Stead Airport Manager. Special guest Krys Bart, President/CEO Reno Tahoe Airport Authority, see Item 7 below for remarks. Member(s) absent: Director Terry Matter, Mike Walsh, and Brooks Mancini, Reno International Airport Authority SAUA Liaison.
2. Minutes: Minutes of the were approved as presented.
3. Treasurer’s Report: Cash on hand,$4375. Mike Walsh has refunded the remainder of the $200 previously approved to purchase pilot training materials. Training materials are available for viewing in Mike’s hangar. Currently there are 47 members.
4. Correspondence: None.
5. Officers and Directors: Terry Matter’s first draft of the SAUA Mission Statement was presented to the Board Directors. Tom Hall asked each of the Directors to review and make revisions as they deemed appropriate. Dave Miller read the opening paragraph of a short article he is writing, asking the tenants what improvements/important issues they would like to see/addressed at Stead.
6. Airport Manager’s Report: Mike Dikun reported that The Stead Runway Safety Project that commenced this month has changed significantly.
Runway 14/32 will not be impacted by this project and will remain open as the primary runway. As the primary runway, 14/32 will have priority for snow removal(see below). Starting Monday, 15 November, the entire 08/26 runway will be closed until 15 January. The runway will be closed all week days and nights starting at 0700 each Monday and will reopen at 1700 each Friday. The runway will be open both weekend days and nights from 1700 Friday until 0700 Monday. Runway 08/26 will be open both days and nights Thanksgiving Week, 20-28 November, and
Christmas Week, 25 December thru 2 January. This change should shorten the overall impact on the airport operations by several months. Mike will keep tenants updated through emails and personal briefings. Once again, snow removal priorities are: Fire lanes, runway 08/26, (if open, runway 14/32 otherwise) taxiway A, taxiways between hangars, in that order.
7. Stead Liaison Report: Ms. Bart stated that she has been at the RTIA for 13 years and has approved $47M for improvements at Stead. She said the one of her first actions at RTIA was to appoint Skip as Stead Airport Manager with orders to “fix the relations at Stead and make it right.”
Some of the new things on the drawing board within the next three years for Stead is a new AWOS, the Runway Safety Area, construction now in progress, and a new two-story terminal building to be located where the airport managers office building is now. The new terminal building will also include a regional Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for Northern Nevada. Ms. Bart briefed that the Stead Airport does not operate in the black. Monies from RTIA make up the shortfall: Approximately 1/3 from airline fees and 1/3 from the gaming activities in the main terminal. She said Stead has a great future as a job generator and aviation facility. She also believes that Stead is the best general aviation facility on the West Coast. Five improvements coming to RTIA over the next three years are new finishes for the check-in areas, move the food courts upstairs and Security downstairs, extension of taxiway C, new snow removal equipment, and a new cargo ramp. These improvements will cost $61M. Quite an impressive list of accomplishments and future projects for her 13 short years at Reno-Tahoe. The SAUA Directors thanked Ms. Bart for her efforts at Stead and wished her continued success.
8. General Discussion: None, due the lateness of the hour. The next meeting will be December 14, 5:15p at Tom Hall’s office, 305 S. Arlington.
Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 6:25p.