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

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RSAA Meeting Minutes for January 18, 2017


                     January 18, 2017

The Reno Stead Airport Association (RSAA) monthly meeting was called to order by President Tom Hall at 5:19 pm at the Reno Stead Terminal Conference Room, Wednesday, January 18, 2016 as follows:

Welcome and Attendance: Tom Hall, President, welcomed all at the meeting, including Association Officers: Ken Wiegand,
Vice-President, Dave Miller, Treasurer, and Jack Buchold, Secretary. Board Members in attendance were: Lew Gage, Tracy Rhodes, IT Manager, Mike Dikun, Stead Airport Manager, Alby Redick, Aviation Classics and Board Member(s) absent were: Lin Manning, Terry Matter, RARA Representative, Don Osborne, and Mike Walsh.
Guests/Members: Jan Bishop, Carmen Gage, Rex Loesby, Bob McLaughlin representing CAF, Bob Meurer and Steve Phillips representing RTAG, Jerry Mullen, Jack Suierveld, and Laurie Weeks. Special Guest(s): Tina Iftiger, RTAA VP of Economic Development, Ken Moen, RTAA GA Property Specialist, Dave Cochran, Reno Fire Chief, Tom Nelson, RTAA Fire Chief, and Tray Palmer, Acting Fire Marshall.

2. Welcome RTAA Trustees: There were none present.

3. Minutes of Last Meeting: The Approval of the Minutes of the November 15, 2016 meeting was unanimous.

4. Financial Report: Dave Miller reported that the coffers held $2,748.23. At the previous meeting, cash was $2,817.34 and 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. Please do not forget that the new membership year begins 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 this Website (, or cash/check to Dave Miller at the Miller Speed Sports hangar.

5. Membership Report: Dave Miller reported a total of 111 members. At the previous meeting it was reported that there were 110 members.

6. Program: Reno Fire Chief David Cochran:  President Tom Hall introduced DAVID COCHRAN, the RENO FIRE CHIEF, who along with TOM NELSON and TRAY PALMER gave an informative and comprehensive presentation on the latest activities of the ALL RISK fire department. The ALL RISK relates to Fire Response, EMS, Haz Mat, Rescue, and Community Risk Reduction activities. They have 14 active fire stations, 12 of which are engine stations, and they were happy to say that all 14 are open for the first time since 2010. They reported on the 213 emergency operations personnel and that 70% of their activities last year (2015) were medical calls. Statistics for last year were; 657 fires, (2%), 25,250 EMS calls, (75%), and 7,789 other activities, about 23%. Their average response time was five minutes and 53 seconds. Their budget is almost $43 million, with 254 current staff, an increase from last year.  Current activities include replacing old fire hydrants and older fire related vehicles, community outreach in elementary classrooms, supporting non-profits and charities, and maintaining special teams for Incident Management, Haz Mat Response, Water Entry, and Urban Search and rescue. They hope to replace two trucks per year at about $400,00 per vehicle plus $150,000 for equipment, utilizing replacement equipment from older vehicles as they can, except that hoses generally go bad within the ten year useful life of a truck, before they are moved to a five year reserve period. Insofar as our area, station 9 at 14005 Mount Vida Street provides immediate support for an aircraft incident.

7. RTS Manager’s Report:  Mike Dikun, Airport Manager, provided  a brief presentation which included that there were two construction projects out for design and bid for 9 concrete “hard stands” in front of the grand stands to the tower for up to 9 aircraft of the new larger C-130 tankers. They are writing a grant, to be based on the bid, when more information comes in. They have a $20 million grant for the rebuild of runway 8/26, when runway 14/32 will be the only one available for some period of time. The taxiway Alpha may be reworked, however there are a lot of construction issues and the challenge is the Air Races. It was also noted that the FAA requirement for base materials has changed, and that they would have to reconstruct the runways all the way from the base up. We are reminded that we could  help improve the traffic count, GO FLY. We were also told that  during normal business hours, both the mission planning room and associated bathroom are accessible from the flight line side.   The Terminal Building is available during and after hours for training, seminars, and other activities.  Contact the Airport Manager’s Office at 775-328-6570

8. RTAA Report: Ken Moen spoke of the new DRAFT Reno-Stead Airport General Aviation Commercial Minimum Standards which had been reviewed at the meeting earlier today, and said that a subsequent interim meeting February 8th would be held to discuss stakeholder questions which may have arisen after review of such document.

9. RTAA Trustee Liaison Report:  Bill Eck was not in attendance, and there was no report. Bill had previously said that if anyone wanted to contact him, his email address is For more information about the Board of Trustees and their bios, go to

10. RARA Trustee Liaison Report:  Terry Matter was not in attendance, so no report was presented.

11. Webmaster Report:  Tracy Rhodes said that the website was working fine, and there was less traffic than for the previous month. Nonetheless, statistics were: five articles were published,  2953 spam attempts to access the site were deleted, and the  website software was updated 20 times.  There were 274 visits by 217 different users with a 1:30 minute average duration, viewing 4.5 average pages. 116 (42%) of those visits were by mobile devices. Tracy said there were 1231 pages visited with the most visited pages: For Sale 455, Home Page 185, Join/Renew 122 visits, Calendar of Events 14, Airport Businesses 34, fuel prices 26, Aviation Medical Examiners 65, About 35 and Contacts 22. 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.

WiFi Status:  Current Stead_Users_West Password is:  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. If you experience your navigation devices timing out before download is complete, please contact the secretary, RSAA. For those desiring their own personal high speed internet connection, please contact Robert Andrews at:

12. RTAG Report:  Bob Meurer stated that there is an advanced aviation training simulator at Terminal Way, and that they would be sponsoring an ADSB seminar on March 1st.

13. Other Matters: Jack Suierveld talked about the temporary Truckee Tower, and said that we all should take a look at the Truckee Tower video. ADSB Seminar is February 1.

14. Next General Meeting: President Hall said thanks to all in attendance, and the next regularly scheduled meeting will be held the Tuesday, February, the 7th, 2017 at 5:15 PM at the Freedom Center (Terminal Building) Conference Room located upstairs.

15. Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 6:21 PM.


Jack Buchold, Recording 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.