“We developed this resource page as part of our campaign to show our dedication to inform and educate the community on issues being discussed about the airport,” Ken Aronson and Leigh Golden.

Important Information about ADS-B and Runway Weigh Limits

Large planes like a 737 cannot arrive or depart at the Truckee Tahoe Airport due to runway lengths, widths and maximum weight capacities.

Runway Weight Limits

By lengthening the secondary runway to 5000-5500 ft. which runs north to south WOULD NOT allow for larger aircraft (737) to arrive and depart at the Truckee Tahoe Airport. It would allow the mid-size aircraft already arriving and departing to have a choice of which runway to use.



Airports have a maximum aircraft weight that its runways can handle. At the Truckee Tahoe Airport, large aircraft (like the Boeing 737 pictured above) cannot land, as the weight of the aircraft could severely damage the runway. The only exception that might occur is if the aircraft was in a critical state and had to make an emergency landing. In addition, the Airport’s runways, the longest being 7,000 is not long enough for a 737 to safely take off. An exception might exist in “idea” conditions (e.g. low density altitude, no winds), but this would ONLY occur if the aircraft had to make an emergency landing. 



The Gulf Stream G650 arrives and departs at the Truckee Tahoe Airport on the primary runway, 11-29, only. By lengthening and upgrading the secondary runway 2-20, this size aircraft G650, NOT a larger aircraft like a 737, can use both runways allowing for arrivals and departures to occur on both runways.


The Gulf Stream G550 is an example of a medium size aircraft that currently arrives and departs at the airport on Runway 11-29.

Runway Data


737 - Holds 85 to 215 passengers 


G650 - holds no more than 19 passengers


G550 -  maximum capacity of 18


Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast

The current Airport Board approved the installation of ADS-B, and it’s a NextGen aviation technology providing situational awareness in airspace for pilots to avoid collision. Because of the complexities of the technology, highly-trained pilots best understand its uses and capabilities, like the two of us – Ken Aronson and Leigh Golden.


According to the Federal Aviation Administration, “ADS-B is transforming all segments of aviation. Real-time precision, shared situational awareness, advanced applications for pilots and controllers alike – these are the hallmarks of ADS-B NextGen surveillance…ADS-B improves safety and efficiency in the air and on runways, reduces costs, and lessens harmful effects on the environment.”

  • ADS-B provides situational awareness in airspace helping to prevent major mid-air collisions. ADS-B assists with the development of chartered visual arrivals and departures.

  • Chartered visual arrivals and departures procedures need to be reviewed by the FAA to ensure they’re legal and safe. These procedures provide guidance; they are not mandatory.

In addition, air traffic controllers in our Airport’s tower cannot legally tell a pilot to turn a certain way to avoid certain neighbors. They can tell them to fly a certain way if the aircraft is in imminent danger, and they can make requests.

Federal Aviation Administration

FAA Safety Briefing Article – To “B” or not to “B”

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