Airport Businesses

Flight Training

Ace Flight School, Reasonable pricing… Modern aircraft… Excellence in Stead

Ace Flight School

Established at the Reno-Stead Airport in 2006, Ace Aviation offers a full spectrum of initial and recurrent flight training for the Recreational, Sport, Private, Instrument, Commercial and Multiengine Pilot Certificates as well as the CFI, CFII and MEI. We are proud to use modern and well maintained Diamond Aircraft manufactured in this century for our instruction and aircraft rental. With a wealth of instructional and flight experience in multiple makes and models of airplanes we also give flight reviews and instrument proficiency checks whether it be in our aircraft or yours. We also have scenic and photographic flight services.

Reasonable pricing… Modern aircraft… Excellence in Stead.


High Sierra Aviation

The Aerobatic Company


Airport Odd Jobs

Nepalese exchange student, Pema Sherpa, is looking for odd jobs. A hard worker, Pema is glad to help clean your hangar or any other odd job so he has money for his college at Sierra Nevada College. You can reach Pema at, or (775) 376-0462, or through Tim Brill at (775) 329-3366. (5/1/2012)

Aircraft Maintenance, Repair and Building

Aviation Classics

Aviation Classics, Ltd.

Northern Nevada’s premier full service FBO, FAA Repair Station and Avionics Shop. Aviation Classics offers a wide range of services to the aviation community including Repair & Maintenance, Avionics Sales and Service, Aircraft Recovery/Storage, Warbird Restoration, as well as being the exclusive provider of Phillips66 aviation products on the airport. Hertz cars are available at Reno-Stead Airport through Aviation Classics, Ltd

Aviation Classics is pleased to announce that it has now opened the first Composites repair facility at the Reno-Stead Airfield. ACL Composites can handle not only composite repairs but prototyping of parts, one offs, customizing and manufacturing.


American Air Racing Ltd. – “The Home of the Fastest Sport Aircraft.”

American Air Racing is an engineering firm dedicated to improving the performance of all aircraft in any type of competitive event, as well as setting national and international records recognized by the NAA and the FAI. We are your one-stop shop for all of your performance needs.

We are also a full service builder support facility for the Thunder Mustangs, NXTs, Lancairs, and Glasairs. Our maintenance shop offers annual inspections on single and light twin piston engine aircraft, as well as conditional inspections on experimental aircraft.


Nevada Fly N Shine, Aircraft Detailing and Polishing in Northern Nevada.

Nevada Fly N Shine

Nevada Fly N Shine offers Aircraft Detailing and Aluminum Polishing for aircraft. You can see our work on the Beechcraft C18S based at Reno-Stead Airport (KRTS). We also work on other vehicles, such as Airstream RVs, cars and trucks. We are based at Reno-Stead Airport, but also travel to other airports in the Northern Nevada area.

Nevada Fly N Shine
P.O. Box 60261
Reno, NV 89506
Phone: (775) 234-4564
Text: (775) 453-8905

Other Businesses and Organizations


Kane Klassics, bamboo fly rods and golf putters.

Kane Klassics Bamboo

Kane Klassics has been crafting bamboo and graphite rods since 1988 and golf putters since 1998. Kane Klassics growth and future are dependent upon our highly enthusiastic clients and friends who year after year, through the use of their Kane Klassics rods, enjoy the most from their fly-fishing endeavors. From the West Coast to the East Coast, from Pacific Islands to the Alaskan Wilderness Rivers, literally worldwide, our rods and rod restorations perform beyond owner expectations.

We welcome visitors to visit daily and see the rods in construction, drop off older rods for restoration and to order a fine rod to be made to your requirements.


Blue Thunder Air Racing

Blue Thunder Air Racing was founded by John and Jan Parker in 1998. It was right about that time that Thunder Mustang composite kits came available to buy to build. It was also a thought that John’s other company American Air Racing would be able to build and sell many of these planes, however they are such a labor intensive and time consuming endeavor, that dream never really came to fruition. Another dream did however, and that dream is Blue Thunder.

When the Thunder Mustang was ready to be painted, there was already a red plane and a green one, so a bold and exciting blue that changes color in different lighting was chosen. Blue Thunder’s name was a very easy decision. It was Blue. It was a Thunder Mustang. Blue Thunder came to be. Blue Thunder is easily recognized amongst the competition, the electric blue plane is easily spotted on the horizon as it zooms past the pylons, and the competition.


Washoe County Sheriff’s Regional Aviation Enforcement Unit (RAVEN)

The primary missions of RAVEN are to respond to calls of crimes in progress, search and rescue missions, counter drug surveillance, and other emergencies such as fire and flood.

Aviation, particularly the use of helicopters, is a tremendous asset to modern law enforcement. Flying over the scene of a crime, responding quickly to an emergency, and being able to see what units on the ground cannot see saves time and money. Aircraft can provide a measure of safety to the citizens of a community and the officers on the street that cannot be provided using any other means. The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office was able to obtain four helicopters through the Federal Excess Property Program. The agency currently has four OH-58 (Bell Jet Ranger) helicopters in outstanding mechanical condition. These helicopters were acquired and refurbished using drug forfeiture money, rather than taxpayer dollars.

RAVEN has proven to be a success. In the daily operation, RAVEN crews play key roles in the apprehension of armed robbery and burglary suspects, locate numerous stolen vehicles, assist with the rescues of injured people from remote accidents, and provide injury-preventing airborne intervention at special events such as Burning Man, and Hot August Nights. RAVEN has assisted in dispersal of rival gang members engaged in fights and has assisted the DEA during drug enforcement. RAVEN is routinely requested by federal agencies such as the FBI, DEA, Secret Service and the Joint Terrorism Task Force.


Washoe County Sheriff’s Air Squadron

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Air Squadron is a quick-responding resource reporting to the Sheriff of Washoe County. The primary mission is aerial search for lost, overdue or missing people and property.

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Aero Squadron was organized by the late Sheriff Ray J. Root in the spring of 1937 with 11 members. It continued until his death in December 1951. Sheriff C. W. Bud Young re-activated the Squadron with 16 members on July 20 1953. Valuable service was provided until August 1979. Sheriff Vincent G. Swinney re-activated the current Washoe County Sheriff’s Air Squadron, Inc., on February 21, 1983. The Air Squadron is the senior volunteer group within the Search and Rescue arm of the Sheriff’s Office. The squadron currently has 35 active members, made up of pilots and observers. All aircraft are owned by the volunteer pilots who fly them.


High Sierra Squadron – CAF

The High Sierra Squadron was formed as a unit of the Commemorative Air Force in September, 2008. We are a hearty group of volunteers dedicated to preserving flying military history.

Located at Reno-Stead Airport, formerly the Old Stead Air Base, Nevada, the High Sierra Squadron maintains and operates a flying US Navy N3N-3, 2-seater, open cockpit, biplane trainer, powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-985 450hp radial engine, and built in 1941 by the US Navy. We’re also restoring a USAF F-86F Sabre, a single-seat fighter, powered by a GE J-47 jet engine, and built in 1952 by North American.

An active unit of pilots, aircraft mechanics and specialists, and others of various backgrounds — a mix that gives everyone a chance to learn from each other, and apply and develop skills for restoring, maintaining, and flying these historic aircraft — we enjoy getting together regularly on and off the airport, and for various aviation events.


Reno Air Racing Association

Reno Air Racing Association

Celebrating 50 years of the “World’s Fastest Motorsport” with five days of racing, six classes of aircraft and speeds topping 500 mph. This September 11-15, 2013, will mark the 50th year of the National Championship Air Races at the Reno Stead Field. Each race is just one thrilling episode of a week long, pylon-to-pylon drama filled with excitement at every turn. Legendary champions will make triumphant returns while up-and-comers vie to challenge their rule. The thunderous roar of aircraft will storm across the Reno skies. Whether you’ve been a loyal Air Races fan for half a century or have yet to be reeled in, we invite you to experience it firsthand. For more information on tickets and venue, please visit our website at





Army National Guard


Stead Fire Base