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

Information for pilots and users of Reno-Stead Airport.

Ramp Rebuild Project (updated Sep 9, 2020)

Added September 9

Due to some survey delay, TWY A and B remain open for traffic as of today. 

I am waiting for confirmation from the contractor when they will emplace barriers for construction and will re-post the NOTAMs as necessary.  Expecting to close TWY A on Sep 10th now.

If you are using TWY A next to the East Ramp, you may see some people and equipment working today, so use caution.


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

Added September 3

I have attached a graphic depicting taxi  and other instructions for the construction project that closes TWY A at the East Ramp on September 9, 2020.

I realize that it will be extra challenging to get to the 26 and 32 thresholds during this project because of the additional distance and potential for two-way traffic on TWY B from 8/26 to TWY C, and on TWY C. 

To the degree possible, using RWY 8 will alleviate much of this pressure, but I know that use is conditioned on winds and aircraft capabilities.

Please plan for extra time and patience to de-conflict taxiing to/from RWY 26 & 32.

I know you are all just as happy as I am to begin improving TWY A and our ramp because it will make taxiing far less “jarring”.  Some short term pain for long term gain. 

We will work with the contractor to open TWY A just as soon as we can, but please work with us and our fellow airport users while we are under construction.

As always, feedback is welcome, and please share with others who might use this info.

Ramp Rebuild Phase 1 Taxi Routes


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

Published September 2

Bottom Line Up Front:  TWY A and the east ramp where BLM tanks up will be closed from just east of the self-service fuel island to the threshold of RWY 32.  Access to RWY’s 26 & 32 thresholds will be a longer taxi via A2 – C – B, with either an intersection departure or back-taxi via the runway surface to the takeoff threshold.  This picture shows the construction area on the ramp; TWY A from the ramp to RWY 32 is in the construction area.

The contractor for this project is Road and Highway Builders (RHB), the same company that re-constructed RWY 8/26 two years ago.

Sep 8 – RHB will set up their construction yard adjacent to our Maintenance facility behind the fuel farm; begin setting survey points

Sep 9 – Set barricades around work area; TWY A closed from the FBO ramp to RWY 32; check NOTAMs and AWOS

Sep 10 – 11 – Continue survey, locate utilities, clear and grub areas to place grindings

Sep 14 – 18 – Mill existing asphalt; remove electrical; dig-out/remove sub-grades.

Stead Ramp Phase One

What is BLM doing?

BLM is re-locating their tanker loading rack to the taxilane area at the west end of TWY A until their planned closing date of October 1.  They will set up mobile tanks for retardant and water and use the taxilane south and clear of TWY A to load aircraft. 

IMPACT on Ops: There may be occasions where there needs to be two-way traffic on TWY A for tankers getting in and out of the loading rack.  Be vigilant and monitor the radio so we don’t get into a nose-to-nose standoff along A.

We will attempt to move water and retardant trucks, along with small vehicle access via the Guard road, so there should not be any vehicle traffic on TWY A.

What is Aviation Classics doing?

There should be minimal impact on the FBO/self-service fuel ramp area.  Aviation Classic will need to relocate some aircraft from the construction area to the west.  There will be some parking constraints because of this.

Aircraft access to the east FBO hangar will be constrained to towing via the co-use vehicle/aircraft pavement from the west hangar.

Staff parking should be moved away from the edge of the construction area along the short fence at the edge of the main ramp.

This is an approximately 100-day project.  If the weather cooperates we can complete it before having to go into a winter shut down.  TWY A access to RWY 26 and 32 will be closed until the project is complete.  Hopefully, we will get more money by next spring to go to Phase II and keep up the momentum!

Questions…please ask because someone else will want to know the same thing.  PLEASE share this with anyone else who needs to know what is going on so we can all avoid some of the inevitable frustrations associated with this kind of project.

I will share information as it updates, but please check NOTAMs and AWOS for the latest.


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