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

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RENO STEAD AIRPORT ASSOCIATION Meeting Minutes June 11, 2013

June 11, 2013

The Reno Stead Airport Association (RSAA) monthly meeting was called to order at 5:15p at the RTIA River Room June 11, 2013, (The Stead Pilot Lounge is closed for the new Terminal construction) as follows:

1. Welcome and Attendance: Tom Hall, President, Ken Weigand, Vice-President, Dave Miller, Treasurer, Dan Ross, Secretary, and Tracy Rhoads, IT Manager. Board Members: Lin Manning, Alby Redick, Mike Walsh, Don Osborne and RARA Representative Terry Matter, and Mike Dikun, Reno-Stead Airport Manager. Board Member(s) absent: Lew Gage. Special guests, Tina Iftiger, VP of Development, RTAA and Stacie Huggins, Economic Development Staff, RTAA.

2. Minutes of Last Meeting: Approval of the Minutes of May 14, 2013 meetings was unanimous.

3. Financial Report: Cash on hand, $3459.23. Dave asked that all members be reminded that the new membership year is approaching and dues are being accepted now. The new membership year begins July 1, 2013 and ends June 30, 2014, 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.

4. Membership Report: Currently there are 66 members. Everyone is reminded that the current membership year ends June 30 and the new membership year begins July 1, dues are payable now.

5. RTS Manager’s Report: The new Terminal is on time and on budget. Block laying is progressing and will be for the next couple of weeks. The Occupancy Permit is expected in December. The Miser Hangar repaving is expected to cost approximately $52K (divided by 33 hangars equals $1575 per hangar) and take approximately 5-10 days to finish, starting tentatively the 3rd week of July; more definitive info to follow. There will be no access to Miser Hangers during this time period and was a factor in lowering the repaving contract costs. If Miser Block aircraft are expected to be used during this timeframe, they must be removed from hangars and tied down prior to beginning of paving operations. A Young Eagles Flight Program (ages 8-17) is planned for June 22, RSVP by Friday, June 21 at 972-6663. The program begins with a pancake breakfast at 7:30a for Young Eagle Attendees. Expectations are 100+ youngsters will sign up for a flight. EAA member pilots with multi-seat airplanes are encouraged to volunteer their time and aircraft for this most worthy event. Here is your opportunity to give a kid his/her first airplane flight.
All Fire Inspections should be completed by now. If you need to reschedule, see Patty, at the Stead Airport manager’s office, 328-6573.

6. RTAA Trustee Liaison Report: Steve Katzmann said that this is Krys Bart’s last week. During her time as CEO, all projects were on time and under budget. She will be missed. There will be three new members appointed to RTAA Board of Trustees due to vacancies. The old control tower has been updated and was used for the June Pylon Race School and will be the primary tower for all Reno Air Race activities for the foreseeable future. The old walk-up Air Race tower will be sold or removed. (Here is your chance to have your very own control tower/viewing stand, limited time only offer.)
(For a complete list of current Trustees and their bios, go to

7. RARA Trustee Liaison Report: All the PRS pertinent info sent out by email. There will be copious amounts of FAA oversight during the Race School. Additionally, a TFR will be established encompassing the Reno Stead Airport.

8. Special Guests: Tina Iftiger, VP of Development and Staci Huggins, Economic Development Staff briefed the RTAA Strategic Planning Process. The Reno Tahoe International Airport generates $1.2B/yr and 8% of all employment in the Reno Economic Sphere of Influence directly or indirectly. The Airport generates $96,9097 in landing fees, is a debt free, and uses no tax dollars. Priorities are, in order: Financial Health of RTAA, Air Service, Safest and Most Secure Travel, Economic Development of RTIA/RTS, Facilities and Infrastructure Improvements, Cargo Operations, GA, Customer Service, Brand Awareness, Community Outreach, RTAA Organization and Culture Sustainment, and Environmental Sustainability. Promote, in conjunction with State efforts, UAS/UAV development/manufacturing/flight testing at RTS in particular and the local area in general. Stakeholder Updates will be produced throughout the planning process to keep all interested parties informed. If you are interested in receiving these updates, please email Kim Perkins at to be added to the update list.

9. Webmaster Report: Note: Current month vs previous month. Published 8(10) articles, deleted 25(20) SPAM registrations and 22 SPAM comments and Forum posts, updated website software 4(8) times and upgraded the core software to v3.5.1. There were 314(3387) unique visitors averaging 3:12(1:45) while viewing 2(2) webpages with a 24%(22.1%) bounce rate and 93(100) visits by mobile devices 20.9%(15.8%) of total visits. The most popular terms used to find the website were in order: Stead Airport Users, One specific hangar ad, Aviation Scholarships 2013, Stead Users, Reno Stead Airport (various),Hangars for Sale or Rent, Piper AD info, AMEs Reno, 100LL prices, and Acft Maintenance availability. The most visited pages 903(951 total page views): Home page 214(239), For Sale 116(180), Article on Aviation Scholarships 33, Airport Businesses 26(23), and Newsletter 18.

10. Newsletter Report: The next newsletter will feature the RTIA/KRTS Economic Development Plan.

11. General Discussion: Tom reiterated that all Airport Authority Board Trustees and their Staff are always welcome and encouraged to attend the monthly RSAA meetings as are all association members and tenants-at-large. The next General Membership and Safety meeting is scheduled for TBD, location TBD.

12. Next Meeting: July 9, 2013, 5:15p location Aviation Classics Briefing Room.

13. Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 6:20p.

Respectfully Submitted,

Herman D. Ross, 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.