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

Information for pilots and users of Reno-Stead Airport.

Drone Operations Traffic Pattern Entry

We will begin our second round of NASA UAS flights tomorrow [Aug 18th] and Friday [Aug 19th], and again next week [Aug 23 & 24].  The UAS test range at Stead is the entire north portion of airport property as depicted on the attached diagrams.  The UAS will operate at or below 500 ft agl, and ultimately, there will be multiple aircraft airborne at the same time.  Flight ops are scheduled from 0830-1230 LCL, with NOTAMS filed.  In addition, runway 14-32 is closed during the same times.  The NOTAMS go until 1300 LCL for a little buffer.

The recommended procedures are designed to allow you to safely operate in and out of Stead with minimal impact on the UAS operations.  In essence, if any approach to Stead from the north remains west of Red Rock Road or east of the hills north of Lemmon Valley until south of the test range, you will remain well clear of the UAS range.  I will serve as one of the range safety officers with primary responsibility for separation of manned and unmanned aircraft, so if you are up flying, you may receive information from Stead 1 on CTAF regarding UAS flight ops and locations.

Check the AWOS for UAS flight information.

Please give me a call if you have any questions.

As always, thanks for the help,

Mike Dikun C.M.,C.A.E.
Airport Manager
Reno-Stead Airport
4895 Texas Ave.
Reno, NV 89506
Office: 775-328-6573
Cell: 775-690-2217