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, June 5, 2012


June 5, 2012

The Stead Airport Users’ Association (SAUA) held a meeting at the Stead Airport Manager’s Office, June 5, 2012, as follows:

1. Attendance: Tom Hall, President; Ken Weigand, Vice-President, Dave Miller, Treasurer; Dan Ross, Secretary. Board Members: Mike Walsh, Lin Manning, Lew Gage, and Mike Dikun, Reno-Stead Airport Manager and special guest, Mark Crawford, RTAA Board Trustee and Treasurer.  Member(s) absent: Terry Matter, RARA Representative, Don Osborne, and Tracy Rhoads, IT Manager.

2. Minutes: Minutes of the May 8, 2012 meeting were approved as presented unanimously.

3. Treasurer’s Report: Cash on hand, $3217.87.  Currently there are 59 members.  New membership year begins July 1, 2012, dues $20 per year.

4. Correspondence: None

5. Officers and Directors: None

6. Airport Manager’s Report: Mike Dikun reported that the annual fire inspections are due now and all hangars are to be completed by the end of July.  Remember to get your fire extinguishers service prior to the fire inspection.  Mike said the recent P-2 fatal and gear up landing of another at the Minden Airport had visibly shaken the BLM contract personnel.  With the loss/damage of 2 aircraft, there are only 8 P-2s left flying nationwide. Mike said BLM aircraft had, as of June dispersed 100,000 gallons of fire retardant, they didn’t reach this level last year until the end of July. Mike surmised that it appears it will be a very busy firefighting year. BLM is actively searching for newer replacement aircraft.  Mike said PRS is next week, Wednesday thru Saturday, 13-16 June, expect mass departures on Sunday, 17 June also. A Control Tower with TFR will be in place, NOTAMS issued, and daily info on the ASOS.  Crowd control procedures will be enhanced this year. Additionally, there will be 4 daily time slots for arrivals and departures, times TBD.  In addition every attempt will be made to accommodate arrivals and departures outside these scheduled time slots on a case-by-case basis, however there may be possible delays. Local tenants can expect up to 24 students, 23 racers, 21 instructors and 47-50 aircraft to attend the School.  The NO PROP line will be in effect except the tenants whose hangars are located behind the J & J Aircraft Repair building area.  This is the taxi route currently used by Tim Brill and Ace Aviation.  Radio contact with Race Control required.

7. Stead Liaison Report: Mike Crawford (see the following website for a complete list of current Trustees and their bios at said that he’s a recent Washoe County appointee.  He is also a current pilot and owns and owns a nice C-182. He says that General Aviation is welcome at both airports.  Mike said he had some concerns about the new Terminal Building costs, $600/ft, and would need some answers before he could vote to approve.  He questioned the cost and the size, but is willing to listen to alternate proposals and/or a rebid to reduce costs, possibly in the $3-4.5M area. Tom Hall thanked Mike for taking the time from his busy schedule to share his insight and answer questions.  Tom said he is always very welcome to return anytime and please do.

8. General Discussion: Tom briefed the upcoming Stead Airport events in the coming months, the Young Eagles’ Flight, June 30th, Tenants Summer BBQ, July 14th, and the next Flight Safety Program on October 9th.  Dan Ross briefed the next meeting of the M-Block hangar lease discussions is tentatively scheduled for June 27.

9. Next Meeting: The next meeting will be July 10, 2012 5:15p at the Stead Airport Manager’s Office.

10.  Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 6:50p.


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.