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Boeing 737-800 (N8550Q) - On the climb from 34L.
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Boeing 737-800 (N8550Q)

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On the climb from 34L.

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Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
When this pic was clicked, Runway 34L-16R was the only one of RNO's three runways that was open. Overnight, snow had fallen and the crews had been able to keep both parallels plowed and open. But at around 4 AM, the falling snow changed over into a heavy and steady freezing rain. Within 90 minutes, everything was coated with a thick layer of ice. Because both runways 34L-16R and 34R-16L; along with Taxiways Alpha, Bravo, and Charlie; had been repeatedly plowed, there was no build up of snow on them ... so the ice built up directly on the runway and taxiway surfaces. I was at the south end in the nighttime darkness taking pictures and I was amazed to see how quickly the thick ice layer would reform after the Conga Line passed by. As the first aircraft of the new day loaded passengers and were then being deiced for the morning departures, it became readily apparent that the plow crews simply were not going to be able to keep both runways and the three taxiways open. About 30 minutes before the first aircraft, a FDX Fifty Seven, was scheduled to take off, the RNO Ops Supervisor directed that Runway 34R-16L and Taxiway Bravo be closed and that plow crews focus all their efforts on removing the constantly re-accumulating ice from 34L-16R, Alpha, and Charlie. The ice storm became so thick that, at one point, all Conga Line plows formed up in front of an aircraft that had just finished being deiced on November Pad and then plowed ahead of the paxbird as it taxied south on Alpha to 34L. Then, the Line went down the length of 34L while the pax jet lined up. As soon as the Line was off the runway, the flight was cleared to go. RNO Ops was repeatedly cruising up and down the three open aircraft passageways and everywhere I looked there were plows, brooms, and even a blower going back and forth. I really though the airport was going to have to be closed, but as a dull daylight slowly began illuminating the area it was apparent that the crews were doing a fabulous job of removing the ice as fast as it was falling. About an hour after daylight, the temperature went up a few degrees but it was enough that the falling ice became falling rain. Once that happened, the only casualty was me when I slipped on the ice at the perimeter fence and went down on my keester. I truly admired the hard work performed by the plow crews that kept the airport open and running without incident.
a mentor
great story @Gary :-)
Gavin Hughes
As we'd say, 'Strewth, what a morning'! 5 star story to go with a 5 star shot.
Joan Williams
Great shot!
cliff731
Gary... You should have *F*I*V*E* stars just for personal grit and dogged determination!!!
BigAlOutWest
Beautiful!
Darryl Sarno
Fantastic shot and Great story Gary! 5 *'s!
Robert Jarwin
What's the purpose of the up taper on the end of the wings...stability? Just curious and thank you
hjet
Those are called "Winglets" They help keep the airflow over the wing, shorter runway performance especially at high elevation airports on hot days, better time to climb thus getting the aircraft to a higher altitude quicker to allow less fuel burn.
fholbert
Every week we see outstanding pictures from Reno. Thanks! 5 Stars.
adelma
Great story and photo, Gary. You have to have been there to appreciate what all were going through!
Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
Cliff, Gavin, a mentor, Dean W., Big Al, Darryl, hjet, fholbert, and adelma >>> TYVM for your comments / complis.
fholbert >>> Have you ever attended the Silver Springs Fly-In? It is no longer being held but it was an annual two-day event up until five or six years ago. Reason I'm asking is because I was always there and caught many hundreds of attendee aircraft on approach, and I see you've participated in many such gatherings and Fly Ins so if you were ever at SPZ then perhaps I caught a click of you arriving. ??
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22-Feb-2024 B738Sarasota/Bradenton Intl ()St Louis Lambert Intl () 06:00PM EST 07:31PM CST En Route
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22-Feb-2024 B738Tampa Intl ()Hartsfield-Jackson Intl () 10:38AM EST 11:48AM EST 1:09
22-Feb-2024 B738Nashville Intl ()Tampa Intl () 06:09AM CST 08:26AM EST 1:16
21-Feb-2024 B738Baltimore/Washington Intl ()Nashville Intl () 07:09PM EST 07:39PM CST 1:29
21-Feb-2024 B738William P Hobby ()Baltimore/Washington Intl () 01:44PM CST 05:12PM EST 2:27
21-Feb-2024 B738El Paso Intl ()William P Hobby () 09:45AM MST 12:08PM CST 1:22
21-Feb-2024 B738Dallas Love Fld ()El Paso Intl () 08:29AM CST 09:01AM MST 1:31
21-Feb-2024 B738Lubbock Smith Intl ()Dallas Love Fld () 06:02AM CST 06:49AM CST 0:46
20-Feb-2024 B738Dallas Love Fld ()Lubbock Smith Intl () 09:11PM CST 10:04PM CST 0:52
20-Feb-2024 B738William P Hobby ()Dallas Love Fld () 07:11PM CST 07:56PM CST 0:45
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20-Feb-2024 B738Pittsburgh Intl ()Hartsfield-Jackson Intl () 02:17PM EST 03:30PM EST 1:12
20-Feb-2024 B738Fort Lauderdale Intl ()Pittsburgh Intl () 11:09AM EST 01:23PM EST 2:13
20-Feb-2024 B738Chicago Midway Intl ()Fort Lauderdale Intl () 06:00AM CST 09:27AM EST 2:26
19-Feb-2024 B738Hartsfield-Jackson Intl ()Chicago Midway Intl () 08:38PM EST 09:03PM CST 1:24
19-Feb-2024 B738William P Hobby ()Hartsfield-Jackson Intl () 04:52PM CST 07:21PM EST 1:29
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16-Feb-2024 B738Nashville Intl ()Kansas City Intl () 02:05PM CST 03:31PM CST 1:26
16-Feb-2024 B738Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl ()Nashville Intl () 08:57AM MST 12:48PM CST 2:50
16-Feb-2024 B738Ontario Intl ()Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl () 05:58AM PST 07:46AM MST 0:47
15-Feb-2024 B738Harry Reid Intl ()Ontario Intl () 09:08PM PST 09:42PM PST 0:34
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