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

Information for pilots and users of Reno-Stead Airport.

C-130s in the Stead Traffic Pattern

The Nevada Air Guard from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport plans to use the Stead Airport for flight training 6 times over the next month because their normal training field, Amadee Army Airfield, is closed for another use.

Two C-130 aircraft will use the Stead drop zone and Runway 14 for about an hour-and-a-half 6 times in the next 30 days. The dates and times are:

Tuesday, Sep 26, 8:00 – 9:30 pm

Wednesday, Sep 27, 8:00 – 9:30 pm

Wednesday, Oct 4, 12:30 – 2:00 pm

Saturday, Oct 14, 1:30 – 3:00 pm

Wednesday, Oct 18, 8:00 – 9:30 pm

Thursday, Oct 26, 8:00 – 9:30 pm


In each flight period, the aircraft will drop 2-3 parachute bundles on the drop zone in the very north of airport property flying from north to south, then they will conduct practice assault landings and traffic patterns using Runway 14 and left (east) traffic. The bundles will be dropped from 2,000-3,000’ above ground, and the assault landings will be in the first 500’ of RWY 14. You will see staff and equipment on the ground at both locations.

During this training the Lemmon Road extension thru airport property will be closed for safety.

We will be placing signs along the road past the airport into Lemmon Valley to notify residents of this short-term training cycle here, but could use your help getting this message out. Thank you for your flexibility and support of this important military aircraft training.

Should there be any changes to this plan I’ll update this bulletin.


Mike Scott

Reno-Stead Airport (RTS)

Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority