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

Information for pilots and users of Reno-Stead Airport.

October Meeting Minutes


October 10, 2017

The Reno Stead Airport Association (RSAA) monthly meeting was called to order by President Tom Hall at 5:15 pm at the Reno Stead Terminal Conference Room, Tuesday, October 10, 2017 as follows:

1. Welcome and Attendance: Tom Hall, President, welcomed all at the meeting. Association Officers Jack Buchold, Secretary,Dave Miller, Treasurer, and Ken Weigand, Vice President, were not in attendance. Board Members in attendance were: Lin Manning, Tracy Rhodes, IT Manager, Dan Ross, and Mike Scott, RTS Manager. Board Members absent were Lew Gage, Terry Matter, RARA Representative, and Alby Redick, Aviation Classics.

Members/Guests In Attendance: Jan Bishop, Glenn Dawson, Bob and Allison Dobransky, Mitch Kennedy, Art Sperber, and Paul Watson attended the meeting. Special Guest(s): Shaun Carey, RTAA Trustee, Ken Moen, RTAA GA Property Specialist, Laura Robb, RTAA Property Specialist, and Titus Roberson, RTAA. Chris Smallcomb, of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, (NOAA), was our Guest Speaker.

2. Welcome RTAA Trustees: our new representative is Sean Cary, and we were pleased to have him in attendance. He replaces Bill Eck.

3. Minutes of Last Meeting: The Approval of the Minutes of the August 8, 2017 meeting was unanimous. There was no meeting in September, due to the annual races held by the Reno Air Race Association.

4. Financial Report: Dave Miller was not in attendance, but it was reported that there was approximately $3,500 in our account. There was $2,281.77 held in the previous month. At the previous meeting, Dave had suggested that due to summer vacations and other activities in June, the annual BBQ be moved to May, which was approved after a general discussion.

We were reminded that we are now well into the new membership year with dues payable. 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: At the previous meeting, Dave Miller said that there were 123 names on the membership roster, however, paid renewals were far less, at about 60.

6. Program: Chris Smallcomb, (Chris.Smallcomb@NOAA.Gov) gave an extensive review of NOAA’s role in providing marine, fire, and aviation forecasts, warnings, climate forecasts and information about meteorology. He discussed last year’s weather pattern, its record setting difference at 207% of the average rainfall for the area, the highest since 1922, and the “Atmospheric River” that we saw. He spoke to the “big ticket snowfall” that occurred in conjunction with the heavy rains, and said that about every ten years we have a similar snowfall level, the last one being 2004-2005. It is very likely that should we have another year of heavy rainfall during the 2017-2018 season, we will again have severe flooding in our area.

7. RTS Manager’s Report: Mike Scott, RTS Airport Manager reported that they have a very active plan for maintenance on the facility. The major activity is runway maintenance on 8/26, and pavement between the hangars needs some work next spring as well. He said that pavement maintenance activities as snow removal were slated to start at 5:00 AM, so that the runways will be ready for all eventualities. Among long term planning items was the RNO Master Plan process, and more immediate planning centered around the runway maintenance on 8/26. The funds have been received, and the anticipated cost is about $20 million. He is planning on a weather permitting early start in March or April, with final electrical and signage after the races. There was a general meeting about the process a couple of months ago, attended by a number of interested personnel from the Stead users base.

Mike reminded all in attendance that if you would like to contact him, his twitter feed is @RTSAV8TR

8. RARA Trustee Liaison Report: Terry Matter was not in attendance, and there was no report.

9. RTAA Report: Ken Moen reminded everyone that the RTS GAMS went into effect July 1st and he was involved in its implementation and getting permits distributed. He and Tom Hall were discussing sending out a generic lease agreement that hangar owners could use if they didn’t have an agreement specific to their use. If you are subletting a hangar or hangar space check that the landlord is permitted and check the GAMS to confirm that the documents the landlord is requesting are the ones required by the GAMS. Ken fielded questions about the plan, and the documents.

GAMS are now available on the RSAA website under the Airport menu item in the top menu bar.

Laura Robb, RTAA Property Specialist said that she had nothing to report.

10. RTAA Trustee Liaison Report: Sean Carey was in attendance as our new Trustee Liaison, the replacement for Bill Eck.

11. Webmaster Report: Tracy Rhodes said that website traffic was nominal; we now had an SSL certificate installed, and our address is still

Work Accomplished Statistics over the last month were: four articles published, 750 spam attempts to access the site were deleted, and the website software was updated 12 times. There were 382 visits by 326 different users, 168 (44%) of those visits were by mobile devices. Tracy said there were 1518 total page views with the most visited pages: For Sale 658, Home Page 223, Airport Businesses 29, Aviation Medical Examiners 26, Calendar of Events 23, Contacts 16 and Join/Renew 12.

12. RTAG Report: Bob Meurer was not at the meeting and there was no report.

13. Next General Meeting: President Hall thanked all for their attendance and noted that the next regularly scheduled meeting would be November 14 at 5:15 PM.

14. Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 6:00 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.