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

Information for pilots and users of Reno-Stead Airport.

Fog Sealing in Hangar Areas April 30 – May 2, 2020 UPDATED

Thursday, April 30, 2020: Due to current winds, we are postponing our fog sealing that was scheduled for today to tomorrow.  Refer to my tenant bulletin below for details about where we will be working. 

As I’ve noted before, crack-filling and fog sealing are the two best things we can do to maintain pavement condition.  Last fall we crack-filled in the hangar rows.  Starting tomorrow, Thursday, April 30, we want to start spraying fog seal in the hangar rows.  Our engineer, Bryce Juzek, will be pleased we are doing this because it shows FAA we take care of the pavement they pay for…so they will want to pay for more!!  He will record this work for reporting to FAA when needed.

Two weather conditions apply: warm and dry, little wind.  Warm and dry allows the oil mixture to set up in a few hours and if there is too much wind, it can blow oil droplets where we don’t want them.  We may be at some wind risk on Thursday, tomorrow, so we will make go/no-go decisions on the spot.

The plan:

Day 1 – Thursday.  In the mid-field hangars  starting with the row labeled “E-F” and working east to the row labeled “E-E”, then “D-E” if we have fog seal left.  Start time will be a bit later because this is the first time this year using the equipment.  Approximately 1000-1030.  Duration: 2+ hours.  Time to NOT drive over with cars/planes: 4 hours.

Day 2 – Friday.  Do Thursday plan starting at 0830 if winds prevent work on Thursday.  Otherwise start in “D-E” and work toward east: “B-D” then “A-B”.

Day 3 – Saturday. Finish work and make-up any areas we did not get.


Impact on you if you have a hangar in this area:

Cones will be up to mark work area.  If you drive over fresh fog seal before it dries (about 3-4 hours depending on weather), you will mess up your tires and fenders along with our work.  Please move aircraft out to the ramp early if you plan to fly, and give some time for oil to dry before moving back into the row.

What happens next:

We will be re-painting the lines, but this is a very fast thing so will have little impact on you.

We will move to hangar rows west next week and the week after. More to follow on this.

We appreciate that this is an inconvenience, but as I mentioned, this is the best way to prolong pavement life/condition.  Thanks for working with us on this.


Mike Scott

Reno-Stead Airport (RTS)

Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority