The Carson City Airport is located in the State Capital of Nevada, Carson City. Carson City is a combined city-county municipality and is the third largest county in Nevada with 421,000 residents. Carson City is approximately 20 miles south of Reno and 14 miles east of Lake Tahoe. The airport initially established in 1928 on 76 acres of land provided to Carson City by 3 prominent local families. The Airport expanded significantly in the 1940s and 50s to allow for an east-west runway taking advantage of the prevailing westerly Sierra Nevada winds. This acreage comprises the approximate footprint of the main runway. Many areas were dirt and services on the field were limited. In the 1970’s, Carson City designated land north of the main runway as the Carson City Industrial Airport and offered parcels for lease in order to attract clean, high quality manufacturers. These parcels were eventually sold to the tenants, and the area continues to evolve as a thriving manufacturing / industrial hub.
In 1989, the Airport Authority Act for Carson City was passed by the Nevada State Legislature. This Act created the current governance structure for the Airport. The Carson City Board of Supervisors appoints the members of the Carson City Airport Authority Board who in turn operate the Airport, establish rules for its safe use, financial stability and provide policy guidance to the Airport Manager who executes policy. Pursuant to the Act, the Carson City Airport Authority is comprised of seven members. The airport is designed to B-II standards with a 6,109’ runway. The airport field elevation is 4,700 MSL and had 86,000 operations in the last 12 months. There are over 350 based aircraft and 745,000 square feet of hangar storage space. There has been over $40M invested in the airport in the last 10 years.
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