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

Information for pilots and users of Reno-Stead Airport.


June 9, 2015

The Reno Stead Airport Association (RSAA) monthly meeting was called to order at 5:15p at the Reno Stead Terminal Conference Room, Tuesday, June 9, 2015 as follows:

1. Welcome and Attendance: Tom Hall, President, Vice-President, Ken Wiegand, Dave Miller, Treasurer, and Dan Ross, Secretary. Board Members: Steve Katzmann, Trustee, RTAA BOD liaison to the RSAA, Mike Dikun, Reno-Stead Airport Manager, Tracy Rhodes, IT Manager, Alby Redick, Lin Manning, and Don Osborne. Board Member(s) absent: Terry Matter, RARA Representative, Lew Gage, and Mike Walsh. Guests/Members: Bob Mills, President RARA Sport Class, Dave Ellsworth, Support Specialist, Reno ATCT, Bob Meurer, RTAG and Jack Buchold.

2. Minutes of Last Meeting: Approval of the Minutes of May 13, 2015 meetings was unanimous.

3. Financial Report: Cash on hand: $3596.62. Dave asked that all members be reminded that we are now in the new membership year with dues now payable. The new membership year has changed and now began Jan 1, 2015 and ends December 31, 2015, 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 96 members; several members have not yet renewed their membership for the current fiscal year.

5. RTS Manager’s Report: Mike briefed last week’s Mooney crash near the go kart track. During a touch and go, just after turning crosswind, the Mooney cockpit filled with smoke, the instructor took control of the aircraft, landed on the gravel road in front of the go kart track. Both occupants exited the aircraft unscathed except for smoke inhalation. The cockpit burst into flames very shortly thereafter. Stead personnel and Fire Truck responded across the airfield within 12 minutes of the crash but the aircraft was a total loss due to the intensity of the fire.
Construction of Taxiway C, Phase I, is on schedule and will be complete this Thursday, June 12th. Phase I consisted of rebuilding taxiways C and A2 where they join Runway 8-26 and taxiway B where it joins Runway 14-32. Both runways remained open during daylight hours. Phase II will consist of re-constructing taxiway C and the FAA has indicated funding will be available later this summer. Taxiway C will remained closed until the project, both Phase I and II, are complete. Check Notams and ASOS for latest updates to the Phase II schedule.
Hangar Fire Inspections are currently in full swing now and will continue through July. Remaining dates for inspections in June are; 15, 17, 20, and 24th. July dates are; 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 18, 20, 21, 23, 27, and 30th. There two Saturday inspection dates, one in June on the 20th and one in July on the 18th. Contact Patty to schedule an inspection date and time.
PRS is scheduled for June 17-20 with more students and aircraft this year. A formation clinic will precede the formal PRS operation starting Sunday, June 14 through Tuesday, June 16. There are no restrictions or special procedures for tenants for the formation clinic. Details for tenant departures and arrivals during PRS are available by email or at Patty’s office.
NASA AMES plans to use Stead as an alternate test site, more specific info as it becomes available.
During normal business hours, the mission planning room and associated bath room is accessible from the flight line side. The flight lounge available after hours by card lock (the same card issued to tenants) or using a code posted as previously located. There also will be an EXIT ONLY door from the mission planning room to the south side front parking lot. Open WiFi is available. The Terminal Building is available during and after hours for training, seminars, and other activities. Contact Patty at the Airport Manager’s Office at 775-328-6570 or for details.

6. RTAA Trustee Liaison Report: Steve Katzmann said various members of the RTIA Board of Trustees are due re-appointment for a second 4 year term. Steve said he was one of the positions up for re-appointment, he hopes to hear good news very soon.
For more information about the Board of Trustees and their bios, go to
7. RARA Trustee Liaison Report: Terry Matter was absent from the meeting due to an unavoidable conflict. The presentation from the last meeting is repeated here: PRS is indeed scheduled for 17-20 June with aircraft arriving a few days earlier. Terry listed the number of students/aircraft type as follows: Students by Class are: Biplane 3, F1 8, Jet 9, Sport 12, T-6 1, Unlimited 3. Total number of aircraft expected to participate: 52.
Terry had previously briefed that the FAA Certified Breitling Jet Team would be performing at this year’s races. The team consists of 7 L-39 aircraft and 1 spare. More info at:
The TORA TORA TORA Airshow will also be performing with 8 equivalent aircraft in WWII Japanese livery and 1 P-40 in original markings. See website at: An F-16 will be also performing 4 days during the races. Terry said 4 new unlimited racers have signed up for this year’s races.

8. Special Guest: Bob Mills gave an in-depth presentation on the upcoming formation training (FAST) being held at Stead immediately preceding the PRS. Bob’s Power Point presentation of each phase of the training was clear and concise. He said his aim this year was to have minimum impact on tenant operations and I think his plan will accomplished just that. In addition to being Sport Class President, Bob is a retired Navy Captain (full bird for us Air Force, Marine and Army types), and a Captain with South West Airlines. Bob’s PP presentation is on the RSAA website,, recommended viewing for pilots.

9. Webmaster Report: Tracy said he published 1 article, did not add any items to the calendar, deleted 1088 spam attempts to access the site, and updated the website software 5 times. There were 443 visits by 359 users with a 1:40 average duration, viewing 3.8 pages. 174 (39%) of those visits were by mobile devices. Tracy said there were 1669 pages visited with the most visited pages: Home Page 323, For Sale 385, Calendar of Events 131, Collins Foundation event 107, Airport Businesses 61, Fuel Prices 40, Aviation Medical Examiners 42, Join/Renew 22, Embry-Riddle Online Course 22, and About 26.
Tracy is now in the Web Hosting business, if you need web site assistance or a new web site developed, please give Tracy a call.

10. WiFi Status: Current Stead_Users_West Password: Jan2015-SteadU. The Stead Users internet transmitter is intended to be Ramp Access WiFi Only and coverage is not expected to extend to hangars located south of the parking apron.
For those desiring their own personal high speed internet connection, please contact Robert Andrews at:

11. Next Meeting: President Tom Hall gave a special thanks to Mr. Steve Katzmann, Bob Mills, and Dave Ellsworth for attending the RSAA Meeting and extended an open invitation to the entire Airport Authority Management Team.
The next General Meeting is scheduled for 5:15p July 14, 2015 at the Freedom Center (Terminal Building) Conference Room located upstairs. NOTE: The meeting may be rescheduled and moved to coincide with a July 1 RTAG (Reno Tahoe Aviation Group) meeting with the newly appointed RTIA Board of Trustees. More info as it becomes available.

11. Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at approximately 6:43p.

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.