Airport Update for Week of August 13, 2018

Great morning to be at RTS.

Two things: Update and Night Closures

Update: I just got in from the runway and here is what I observed.

The underground work for the electrical is almost completed. This means that holes are almost all filled in and they are restoring the safety area gravel surface around the runway. Next steps are running the wiring and installing the lights and signs that all that underground work supports. I do not anticipate all of this being done before Air Races, so very likely that you will see this work continuing into late-September/early-October.

The expansion joint and traction grooves are almost all cut. We still have about three nights of work to finish the cutting, and then the expansion joints need to be crack sealed. This is why we have nightly closures this week(detail below).

The contractor has started to layout the paint work for the runway at the east end. We have the marks for the 26 threshold displacement, the threshold bar and markings, and the numbers all marked. It’s possible we will start painting by the end of the week, but more likely next week.  Threshold, numbers and centerline stripes are the goal for getting a day, VFR runway open for Air Races.

Night Closures: Like last week, we will be restricting ops on RWY 14/32 and using TWY C on Monday(August 13, 2018), Tuesday and Wednesday nights between 8:00pm-7:00am.

 

 

Here is what I sent you on August 3, 2018 about this same type of closure, and see the attachment for a closure graphic…

“Each night next week, beginning Monday night, from 8:00 pm until 7:00 am the next morning we will restrict 14/32 to aircraft with less than 79’ wingspan and 120 knots approach speed, AND, close TWY B between TWY A and TWY B1.  This is the same thing that we did when the construction started.

To access RWY 14/32 overnight when this restriction is in place, TWY C will be available as will TWY A to the threshold of 32.  Again, just like it was when the construction started in the spring.”

Please share this and let me know if there are questions.

On Wednesday, August 1 I indicated that I would be letting you know about nighttime construction activity and aircraft restrictions for the week of August 6 thru 10.

Here is what is happening.

Each night next week, beginning Monday night, from 8:00 pm until 7:00 am the next morning we will restrict 14/32 to aircraft with less than 79’ wingspan and 120 knots approach speed, AND, close TWY B between TWY A and TWY B1.  This is the same thing that we did when the construction started.

To access RWY 14/32 overnight when this restriction is in place, TWY C will be available as will TWY A to the threshold of 32.  Again, just like it was when the construction started in the spring.

The reason we are doing this is to let RHB get into the safety area next to RWY 14/32 and do the saw cutting and grooving of the new pavement on the 8/26 and TWY B.

Below you will find a graphic depicting the surfaces that are open and closed.  PLEASE be mindful that if you are arriving or departing at 8:00 pm or 7:00 am, the contractor will be in the process of opening and closing different routes, so I would recommend adjusting your flying to avoid taxiing during these times.

Expect to see NOTAMS posted reflecting this info for RWY 14/32, TWY B and TWY C sometime on Saturday, August 4.

Hopefully this work will have minimal impact on you and other RTS users, but please let me know if you have any questions or clarifications. As always, share this info with other people who need to know this and might not be on my distro list.

v/r

Mike Scott
Reno-Stead Airport (RTS)
Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority
775.328.6573