Reno Stead Airport
|IATA: none – ICAO: KRTS – FAA LID: RTS|
|Owner||Reno Tahoe Airport Authority|
|Elevation AMSL||5,050 ft / 1,539 m|
Reno/Stead Airport (ICAO: KRTS, FAA LID: RTS, formerly 4SD) is a large public and military general aviation airport located in the North Valleys area, 10 nautical miles (19 km) northwest of the central business district of Reno, in Washoe County, Nevada, United States. A former U.S. Air Force installation until 1966, the airport's sole remaining military presence consists of an Army Aviation Support Facility and the 189th General Support Aviation Battalion of the Nevada Army National Guard, flying CH-47 Chinook helicopters. The airport is owned by the Reno Tahoe Airport Authority. The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a general aviation reliever airport.
Reno/Stead Airport does not have regularly scheduled service, but functions as a general aviation reliever for the nearby Reno/Tahoe International Airport. The airport is home to the Reno Air Races and is also used by the Bureau of Land Management as a base for fire fighting aircraft. It was the launch site of Earthwinds, which attempted and failed multiple times to circumnavigate the globe.
Although most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, this airport is assigned RTS by the FAA, but has no designation from the IATA (which assigned RTS to Rottnest Island Airport in Rottnest Island, Western Australia).
Since 1964, Reno Stead Airport has been home to the National Championship Air Races, also known as the Reno Air Races, held every September. Formerly, the airport was known as Stead Air Force Base, then in the late 1960s it was operated by the Ag Aviation Academy.
Facilities and aircraft
Reno/Stead Airport covers an area of 5,000 acres (2,023 ha) at an elevation of 5,050 feet (1,539 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways with asphalt surfaces: 14/32 is 9,000 by 150 feet (2,743 x 46 m) and 8/26 is 7,608 by 150 feet (2,319 x 46 m).
For the 12-month period ending November 1, 2011, the airport had 71,000 aircraft operations, an average of 194 per day: 86% general aviation and 14% military. At that time there were 114 aircraft based at this airport: 75% single-engine, 11% military, 6% multi-engine, 6% jet, 1% glider, and 1% ultralight.
- FAA Airport Master Record for RTS ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
- "Reno-Stead Airport". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved May 3, 2009.
- "Aviation company formally reintegrates back into Nevada Army National Guard". Nevada Appeal. March 26, 2013.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
- Great Circle Mapper: RTS / YRTI - Rottnest Island, Western Australia
- Reno-Stead Airport page at Reno/Tahoe International Airport web site
- Reno Air Racing Association
- PDF from Nevada DOT
- Aerial image as of September 1999 from USGS The National Map
- FAA Terminal Procedures for RTS, effective January 8, 2015
- Resources for this airport: