Safety is paramount here at the Minden-Tahoe Airport!
Minden-Tahoe Airport host multiple kinds of aviation activities, such as powered traffic, skydiving, and glider operations. Often these operations are occurring simultaneously.
Coupled with the challenges of flying in mountainous terrain and higher density altitudes, this page outlines important safety related information for pilots who may not as familiar with flying under these kinds of conditions.
Please take the time to review some of the materials below to learn how to safely operate here on the airport.
There is also a SAFETY CONCERN FORM that can be utilized to notify the administration of a situation or incident that you feel should be looked into.
Flying in mountains and operating in high density altitudes presents unique challenges. Please consider:
Fly a few times with a certified flight instructor or an experienced pilot in mountainous terrain to become familiar with flying techniques and potentially dangerous situations to avoid.
During your engine runup be sure to
lean the engine for max RPM
prior to departure
Review your aircraft's performance charts and do an accurate weight and balance. A heavy aircraft in high density altitude situations results in a loss of climb performance.
Current Local Safety Challenges
Minden-Tahoe Airport has identified the following major challenges that currently compromise safety at the airport. We encourage everyone using the airport to become aware of these challenges and work with us to mitigate these concerns.
- Vehicles entering the runway by crossing the hold-shot lines prior to announcing or while airplanes are landing/departing. Vehicles need to stop, look, and announce their crossings prior to crossing the hold-short lines.
- Speeding on the ramp and hangars. Please remember the speed limit is 15 MPH on airport.
- Proper traffic pattern procedures. It is not uncommon to have multiple aircraft in the pattern. Be sure to know the patterns, communicate effectively, and follow FAA procedures to enter and fly the traffic pattern.
Insufficient Engine Power
Reno/Stead, NV | 8/12/2020
The pilot had been having engine fuel vapor lock problems and had conducted several successful flights subsequent to fuel system maintenance. On the day of the accident, it was necessary for the pilot to conduct a lengthy taxi operations to the active runway. Shortly after a normal takeoff, at about 80 feet agl, the engine began to stumble. The pilot immediately switched the fuel boost pump on and adjusted the mixture. The pilot said that the engine was still running but did not produce sufficient power to climb or maintain level flight. The pilot elected to land on the remaining runway with the landing gear retracted due to a significant drop-off at the departure end.
Wind Shear on Landing
Reno/Tahoe Intl, NV | 6/28/2020
This incident occurred when the pilot encountered wind shear on landing, and again on the roll out. This is most likely due to summertime thermal activity, which is commonly known as dust devils. These can be strong and invisible, if there is no debris spinning around.
Minden, NV | 9/19/2019
Pilot stated on third touch and go the aircraft had a different noise that distracted him causing him to exit the runway. Aircraft started bouncing and upon return to runway the pilot stated he applied the brakes too hard causing the aircraft to nose over striking the composite propeller on the runway.
Reporting Safety Concerns
If you witnessed an incident or an unsafe situation that you feel needs to be addressed, here are a few options for reporting your concerns:
Airport Safety Concern Form
Please complete the form to the right to submit the concern to the airport administration. We will review the information and attempt to resolve the issue locally if possible.
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Contact the Reno FSDO
By calling the Reno Flight Standards District Office will you can file an official FAA report. The office can be reached by calling (775) 858-7700.
FAA National Hotline
You can file an anonymous report by going to www.hotline.faa.gov. This report is received by the FAA headquarters in Washington DC and will be assigned to the local FAA office with strict reporting guidelines.