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

Information for pilots and users of Reno-Stead Airport.

STEAD AIRPORT USERS’ ASSOCIATION Meeting Minutes, February 8, 2012


February 8, 2012


The Stead Airport Users’ Association (SAUA) Meeting was held at the Reno-Stead Manager’s Office on February 8, 2012, 5:15p as follows:

1. Welcome and Attendance: Tom Hall, President; Ken Weigand, Vice President;  Dave Miller, Treasurer; Dan Ross, Secretary; Directors Lin Manning, Don Osborne, Lew Gage, Mike Walsh and Terry Matter.  Liaison members: Bill Eck, absent due to previous commitment, Mike Dikun, Reno-Stead Airport Manager.  Special guest speakers:  Krys T. Bart, A.A.A.E./CEO RTAA; Dean Schultz, RTAA Chief of Operations.

2. Minutes: Minutes of the January 17, 2012 meeting were approved as presented.

3. Treasurer’s Report: Cash on hand, $3,626.12.

4. Membership Report: Currently there are 59 members representing 140 hangars.

5. Airport Manager’s Report:  The new Emergency Operations Center and Terminal building design is now 60% approved, 90% approval next milestone with ground breaking set for April or May.  Again, just as a reminder to users of the Stead Airport, the construction phase is expected to take 10-12 months and is currently on track and on time.  The construction will be suspended during the Air Race Week but not Pylon School and this is built into the current construction time schedule.  Temporary pilot lounge and management office trailers will be located near Gate 1 soon. The current pilot lounge is for sale “As Is, Where Is”. See Mike for a good deal. Current snow removal priorities are as follows:  Fire lanes, runway 8/26, taxiway A, taxiways between hangars, runway 14/32, taxiway B, in that order. Coordinate with Mike for special circumstances. New gate locking system due for installation in May.  Tenants must trade in their old “dog tag” cards for a new one at no charge. Another special deal from Mike.

6. RTAA Trustee Liaison Report: Krys Bart briefed that the RTAA (RNO and RTS) economic impact on the surrounding region is in excess of $2B and generates 8.3% of the local employment. She would like for the Reno-Sparks business and community leadership to recognize RTAA as a major player in ecomonic impact and employment generator for the Region.  Although nationally, air freight flights have decreased in 2010, RTIA is up 2% in the same time period.  The RTAA is in negotiations with Chinese Freight Associations to fly Far East cargo direct to Reno for surface transport to final destinations. RNO and RTS are designated free trade zones.  Also, RTAA has made a decision to offer the Stead Hangar Sites located on the West side of the approach to Runway 26 to individuals, effective now.  See Mike Dikun for more info.  Tom Hall thanked Krys for her time and invited her back anytime, always welcome.

7.   RARA Trustee Liaison Report: RARA is continuing the planning for the Air Races in September 2012 and the Pylon School in June 2012.

8. Next Quarterly Safety Meetings: The March 20 Safety meeting will featuring a presentation by Hub Zemke, Jr is planned. This to be followed by hangar flying/war stories with safety implications and lessons learned, depending on time.

9. Committee Reports:  Tim Brill is looking for a few good people to volunteer to attend his third Artic survival class next month.  The second course had 17 students, the word is getting out.  This course offers FAA Wings credit to the survivors.  Contact Tim Brill for more info.

10. General Discussion: Limited due to time constraints.

11. Next Meeting:  Board of Directors meeting is March 16, 6:00p, at Tom Hall’s beautiful home for a delicious corned beef and cabbage dinner.

12. Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 6:25p.


Respectfully Submitted,


Herman D. Ross, Secretary