Reno Stead Airport
|2006 USGS photo|
|IATA: none – ICAO: KRTS – FAA LID: RTS|
|Operator||Reno Tahoe Airport Authority|
|Elevation AMSL||5,046 ft / 1,539 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
- For the United States Air Force use of the airport, see Stead Air Force Base
Reno/Stead Airport (ICAO: KRTS, FAA LID: RTS, formerly 4SD) is a large joint civil-military general aviation airport located in the North Valleys area, 10 nautical miles (19 km; 12 mi) northwest of the central business district of Reno, 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.
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 (2,000 ha) at an elevation of 5,050 ft (1,540 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 14/32 is 9,000 by 150 ft (2,743 by 46 m) and 8/26 is 7,608 by 150 ft (2,319 by 46 m).
For the 12-month period ending November 1, 2007, the airport had 64,000 aircraft operations, an average of 175 per day: 84% general aviation and 16% military. At that time there were 120 aircraft based at this airport: 74% single-engine, 6% multi-engine, 7% jet, 2% glider, 2% ultralight and 10% military.
- FAA Airport Master Record for RTS ( PDF), effective 2009-07-02.
- "Reno-Stead Airport". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-05-03.
- Great Circle Mapper: RTS / YRTI - Rottnest Island, Western Australia