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

Information for pilots and users of Reno-Stead Airport.

Taxiway A and Ramp Core Samples – Updated

August 23, 2019

STEAD TENANT BULLETIN – Survey Activity Begins Saturday, August 24

As I indicated yesterday in the Advance Notice, we are starting surveys for design of TWY A/Ramp. 

On Saturday 8/24 and Monday 8/26, MAPCA ground surveyors will be here marking the white triangles shown on the graphic above at 8:15 AM.  These are control points for a drone survey on Tuesday 8/27.  They will be painted white “X”s on the surface.  Please don’t disturb them if you see them.

Ground survey will work until about 3:00 PM Saturday and Monday.

The aerial drone survey will start at 6:45 AM on Tuesday.  The graphic shows the drone flight areas.  Altitude is 300AGL.  I will post an AWOS tag about this activity on Monday, and I will be monitoring the drone flight visually and on 122.7 CTAF.

Thanks for your cooperation.  Please share this and let me know if you have questions.


Mike Scott

Reno-Stead Airport (RTS)

Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority


August 22, 2019

Stead Advance Notice – Engineers doing survey and drilling pavement for analysis next week

As I have mentioned in several meetings and notes, we are starting and multi-year process to rebuild the ramp and TWY A.  We have just hired Kimley-Horn to put together the design package.  I met with Kimley today to plan the start of their survey and geo-tech data collection.  If all goes according to plan, Kimley will have the design and bid documents completed by February, 2020.

Next Monday, August 26 to Friday, August 30 we will see:

1st – Marking pavement core locations and utilities near the yellow dots shown on picture above (click on image for larger view);

2nd – Drone surveying early one morning, possibly Monday;

3rd – Drilling pavement cores on and near TWY A on Thursday-Friday.

The biggest impact to you next week will be taxiing around the coring on Thursday and Friday.  We will first work the four locations shown on TWY A, one at a time.  This will mean you avoid the work by taxiing south of TWY A centerline.

After those first cores are finished, we will shift just south of TWY A and you are back on the TWY center.  That will probably be all that gets done next week.  We resume after Air Races.

If BLM gets super active on Thursday/Friday, we are prepared to suspend work.  But, if possible, getting this stuff done will let the analysis get moving during Air Races.

What you can expect moving forward:

More core sampling after Air Races;

A 10’ long picture of the ramp and project area you can see and post ideas for things to consider;

An invitation in later October to share observations/ideas about layout and configuration of the ramp;

1-on-1 meetings with business tenants to consider layout ideas that facilitate future ops;

A fall and a winter joint meeting with the Reno-Stead Airport Association to keep you informed of the project.

I know that most of you are just as happy as we are that TWY A and the ramp will get done and all those irritating tire bumpers will be gone.  That said, this will take a lot more working together than the 8/26 project.  Given how we teamed up on that, I am certain you are going to be engaged on this as well.

Watch for Tenant Bulletins for more details when appropriate.


Mike Scott

Reno-Stead Airport (RTS)

Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority