Specially for Pilots

By Sam Whiteside 

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Due to the fabulous weather and year round flying season, the NW Nevada region is home to a variety of aviation activities all the way from paragliding and ballooning to the RENO AIR RACES and Warbird restoration. In particular, the Carson Valley is the site of one of the world’s most renowned Sailplane Soaring locations at Minden -Tahoe Airport. (previously Douglas Co.) There is something here for every Aviator!


1146 Airport Rd., Minden, NV 89423 Rwy 16 RH pattern, Rwy 34 LH pattern  7395'x100'
Admin/Info: 775 782 9871 Rwy 12 RH pattern. Rwy 30 LH pattern  5289'x60'
Coordinates: 39 00 03N 119 45 18W Pattern alt. 5,700' light a/c     6,200' heavy/fast a/c
Chart: San Francisco SFO Sectional     CG18 WAC Calm wind Rwy 34, lighted, wind T at midfield
Frequencies: CTAF/UNICOM 122.8     ATIS  119.32 Lighting 122.8 med. intensity on 16/34 VASI on 16/34


In the course of a day in the Carson Valley it is not unusual to see:

Early morning Balloon flights originating from Lampe Park in Gardnerville.

Hang Gliders flying by from their launch at Slide Mountain, north of Carson City. Para Gliders launching from Kingsbury Grade or Hot Springs Mountain near Minden.

Numerous Sailplanes setting altitude and distance records.

All types of homebuilt, experimental and GA aircraft going about their business or pleasure.

WW2 bombers and other Warbirds doing "touch and goes".

Albatross Amphibians flying from their famous restoration base at Carson City Airport

and Business Jets serving the needs of the local business community.



For pilots who would like to live near their aircraft,  homes and lots are occasionally available at two local Airparks.

Dayton Valley Airpark is part of residential community with an Arnold Palmer designed golf course. The most recent phase of lots was on the market in the $200,000+ range, for app .5 acre with taxiway to runway. Some beautiful homes are already built and some sites are available at present. The developer has homes with hangars available on smaller sites with runway access.

Dayton is a 15 min. drive east of Carson City on Hwy. 50 and is a growing community with very reasonably priced homes. 

Farias Wheel airport/ Valley View Airpark, east of the Pinenut mountains, about 20m from Minden-Tahoe. Airport. This is very rural! Farm and ranch land, with spectacular views, but lots of peace and quiet. Not usually any for sale!

Located in Smith Valley, this area is convenient to Topaz Lake for recreation and has easy access to Hwy 95 and Las Vegas.    HOME FOR SALE AT FARIAS WHEEL


Carson City airport is quite active, with a local EAA chapter,   Warbirds/Military,  Albatross Flying Boats and lots of other interesting aircraft. Hangars rent in the $250-500 range. A condo T hangar can occasionally be bought. There are no airport home sites, but Carson City has a wide variety of homes for sale at all times and the Carson Valley residential areas are only 10-20 mins. drive to the south. Hangar rents are about the same at Minden – Tahoe and some sites are occasionally available to lease, for you to build your own.





Link to Local Weather from National weather service-Reno

Soaring weather forecast 

More Minden-Tahoe Airport information

For Glider Pilots: Loads of Minden info at Minden Soaring Club 

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Sam Whiteside, ABR, CRS

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