|IATA: MEV – ICAO: KMEV – FAA LID: MEV|
|Elevation AMSL||4,722 ft / 1,439 m|
Minden–Tahoe Airport (IATA: MEV, ICAO: KMEV, FAA LID: MEV) is a general aviation airport serving the Carson Valley in Douglas County, including the towns of Minden, Gardnerville and Genoa, Nevada. The airport is situated four nautical miles (7 km) north of Minden. It is home to the Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch Center and regional firefighting air tanker base.
The airport is considered a mecca for soaring, and many North American and world records have been flown out of Minden in the many gliders that it hosts.
Gliders are usually towed to altitudes of 1,000 to 2,000 ft (300 to 610 m) over the airport, and they are often able to make out and return flights to the White Mountains, Owens Valley, and Eastern Nevada, often covering distances of over 500 mi (800 km).
During the winter months, the famous Sierra mountain wave can carry gliders well over 25,000 ft (7,600 m), with the Minden record well over 40,000 ft (12,000 m).
A non-fatal mid-air collision near the Pine Nuts range between a glider and a small jet at 16,000 ft (4,900 m) has heightened the awareness for all airplanes flying in the area that both types of aircraft need to watch out for each other.
The airport is currently undergoing an expansion plan where glider operations will be moved to the East Side of the airport.
Minden–Tahoe Airport is the base for the "Introduction to Soaring" tutorial mission supplied with Microsoft Flight Simulator X.
Facilities and aircraft
Minden–Tahoe Airport covers an area of 990 acres (400 ha) at an elevation of 4,722 ft (1,439 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 16/34 is 7,400 by 100 ft (2,256 by 30 m) and 12/30 is 5,300 by 75 ft (1,615 by 23 m). A glider runway designated 12G/30G has dirt surface measuring 2,200 by 60 ft (671 by 18 m).
For the 12-month period ending February 28, 2009, the airport had 79,800 aircraft operations, an average of 218 per day: 97% general aviation, 3% air taxi, and less than 1% military. At that time there were 255 aircraft based at this airport: 56% single-engine, 9% multi-engine, 2% jet, 1% helicopter, 31% glider and less than 1% ultralight.
- Minden–Tahoe Airport, official web site
- Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch Center
- Civil Air Patrol: Douglas County Composite Squadron
- Hutt Aviation
- Minden Soaring Club
- Soar Minden(closed ~3/2011)
- Aerial image as of September 1999 from USGS The National Map
- PDF from Nevada DOT
- (PDF), effective December 11, 2014
- FAA Terminal Procedures for MEV, effective December 11, 2014
- Resources for this airport: