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


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!
Gary... You should have *F*I*V*E* stars just for personal grit and dogged determination!!!
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
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.
Every week we see outstanding pictures from Reno. Thanks! 5 Stars.
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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Date Aircraft Origin Destination Departure Arrival Duration
29-Nov-2023 B738Harry Reid Intl ()William P Hobby () 03:50PM PST 08:25PM CST Scheduled
29-Nov-2023 B738Metro Oakland Intl ()Harry Reid Intl () 01:35PM PST 02:45PM PST Scheduled
29-Nov-2023 B738Harry Reid Intl ()Metro Oakland Intl () 11:15AM PST 12:30PM PST Scheduled
29-Nov-2023 B738San Jose Int'l ()Harry Reid Intl () 08:55AM PST 10:05AM PST Scheduled
29-Nov-2023 B738Portland Intl ()San Jose Int'l () 06:15AM PST 07:40AM PST Scheduled
28-Nov-2023 B738Metro Oakland Intl ()Portland Intl () 08:15PM PST 09:40PM PST Scheduled
28-Nov-2023 B738Santa Barbara Muni ()Metro Oakland Intl () 06:00PM PST 06:50PM PST Scheduled
28-Nov-2023 B738Harry Reid Intl ()Santa Barbara Muni () 03:55PM PST 04:55PM PST Scheduled
28-Nov-2023 B738El Paso Intl ()Harry Reid Intl () 02:10PM MST 02:45PM PST Scheduled
28-Nov-2023 B738San Diego Intl ()El Paso Intl () 10:45AM PST 01:05PM MST Scheduled
28-Nov-2023 B738Baltimore/Washington Intl ()San Diego Intl () 07:18AM EST 09:47AM PST En Route
27-Nov-2023 B738Nashville Intl ()Baltimore/Washington Intl () 11:23PM CST 01:28AM EST (+1) 1:05
27-Nov-2023 B738John Glenn Columbus Intl Airport ()Nashville Intl () 09:25PM EST 09:27PM CST 1:02
27-Nov-2023 B738Chicago Midway Intl ()John Glenn Columbus Intl Airport () 06:36PM CST 08:23PM EST 0:46
27-Nov-2023 B738Boston Logan Intl ()Chicago Midway Intl () 03:57PM EST 05:24PM CST 2:27
27-Nov-2023 B738Baltimore/Washington Intl ()Boston Logan Intl () 01:41PM EST 02:37PM EST 0:55
27-Nov-2023 B738Southwest Florida Intl ()Baltimore/Washington Intl () 10:13AM EST 12:06PM EST 1:52
27-Nov-2023 B738Baltimore/Washington Intl ()Southwest Florida Intl () 06:34AM EST 09:01AM EST 2:26
26-Nov-2023 B738William P Hobby ()Baltimore/Washington Intl () 10:06PM CST 01:15AM EST (+1) 2:09
26-Nov-2023 B738Baltimore/Washington Intl ()William P Hobby () 06:31PM EST 08:56PM CST 3:24
26-Nov-2023 B738Long Island MacArthur ()Baltimore/Washington Intl () 04:17PM EST 05:14PM EST 0:57
26-Nov-2023 B738Palm Beach Intl ()Long Island MacArthur () 12:58PM EST 03:13PM EST 2:15
26-Nov-2023 B738Baltimore/Washington Intl ()Palm Beach Intl () 09:06AM EST 11:27AM EST 2:21
26-Nov-2023 B738Hartsfield-Jackson Intl ()Baltimore/Washington Intl () 06:26AM EST 07:42AM EST 1:15
25-Nov-2023 B738Kansas City Intl ()Hartsfield-Jackson Intl () 07:25PM CST 09:54PM EST 1:28
25-Nov-2023 B738Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl ()Kansas City Intl () 02:56PM MST 05:53PM CST 1:56
25-Nov-2023 B738Tulsa Intl ()Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl () 12:24PM CST 01:46PM MST 2:21
25-Nov-2023 B738St Louis Lambert Intl ()Tulsa Intl () 10:17AM CST 11:16AM CST 0:59
25-Nov-2023 B738Nashville Intl ()St Louis Lambert Intl () 08:15AM CST 09:03AM CST 0:47
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24-Nov-2023 B738Denver Intl ()Milwaukee Mitchell Intl Airport () 07:34PM MST 10:22PM CST 1:47
24-Nov-2023 B738Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl ()Denver Intl () 04:35PM MST 05:50PM MST 1:15
24-Nov-2023 B738St Louis Lambert Intl ()Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl () 01:24PM CST 03:27PM MST 3:02
24-Nov-2023 B738Kansas City Intl ()St Louis Lambert Intl () 11:28AM CST 12:10PM CST 0:42
24-Nov-2023 B738Austin-Bergstrom Intl ()Kansas City Intl () 09:02AM CST 10:24AM CST 1:22
24-Nov-2023 B738Midland Intl Air and Space Port ()Austin-Bergstrom Intl () 07:20AM CST 08:02AM CST 0:42
23-Nov-2023 B738Denver Intl ()Midland Intl Air and Space Port () 03:23PM MST 05:37PM CST 1:14
23-Nov-2023 B738Nashville Intl ()Denver Intl () 12:35PM CST 02:00PM MST 2:24
23-Nov-2023 B738Tampa Intl ()Nashville Intl () 10:43AM EST 11:10AM CST 1:26
23-Nov-2023 B738Luis Munoz Marin Intl ()Tampa Intl () 07:51AM AST 09:34AM EST 2:42
22-Nov-2023 B738Orlando Intl ()Luis Munoz Marin Intl () 08:37PM EST 11:54PM AST 2:17
22-Nov-2023 B738William P Hobby ()Orlando Intl () 04:24PM CST 07:08PM EST 1:43
22-Nov-2023 B738Raleigh-Durham Intl ()William P Hobby () 01:28PM EST 03:19PM CST 2:50
22-Nov-2023 B738Nashville Intl ()Raleigh-Durham Intl () 10:24AM CST 12:30PM EST 1:06
22-Nov-2023 B738Kansas City Intl ()Nashville Intl () 07:52AM CST 09:06AM CST 1:14
22-Nov-2023 B738Chicago Midway Intl ()Kansas City Intl () 05:37AM CST 06:37AM CST 0:59
21-Nov-2023 B738Kansas City Intl ()Chicago Midway Intl () 10:48PM CST 11:51PM CST 1:02
21-Nov-2023 B738Baltimore/Washington Intl ()Kansas City Intl () 08:29PM EST 09:43PM CST 2:13
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21-Nov-2023 B738Greenville/Spartanburg Intl ()Hartsfield-Jackson Intl () 12:01PM EST 12:47PM EST 0:45
21-Nov-2023 B738Hartsfield-Jackson Intl ()Greenville/Spartanburg Intl () 10:30AM EST 10:55AM EST 0:24
21-Nov-2023 B738Pittsburgh Intl ()Hartsfield-Jackson Intl () 07:30AM EST 09:10AM EST 1:39
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20-Nov-2023 B738Orlando Intl ()Austin-Bergstrom Intl () 09:05AM EST 10:38AM CST 2:32
20-Nov-2023 B738Indianapolis Intl ()Orlando Intl () 05:39AM EST 07:27AM EST 1:48
19-Nov-2023 B738Harry Reid Intl ()Indianapolis Intl () 08:17PM PST 02:25AM EST (+1) 3:07
19-Nov-2023 B738San Antonio Intl ()Harry Reid Intl () 06:00PM CST 06:48PM PST 2:48
19-Nov-2023 B738Harry Reid Intl ()San Antonio Intl () 12:10PM PST 04:10PM CST 1:59
19-Nov-2023 B738Salt Lake City Intl ()Harry Reid Intl () 09:52AM MST 09:53AM PST 1:01
19-Nov-2023 B738Denver Intl ()Salt Lake City Intl () 07:35AM MST 08:36AM MST 1:01
18-Nov-2023 B738Chicago Midway Intl ()Denver Intl () 07:19PM CST 08:23PM MST 2:03
18-Nov-2023 B738Nashville Intl ()Chicago Midway Intl () 04:36PM CST 05:44PM CST 1:08
18-Nov-2023 B738Baltimore/Washington Intl ()Nashville Intl () 02:54PM EST 03:22PM CST 1:28
18-Nov-2023 B738Gerald R Ford Intl ()Baltimore/Washington Intl () 12:26PM EST 01:41PM EST 1:14
18-Nov-2023 B738Chicago Midway Intl ()Gerald R Ford Intl () 09:55AM CST 11:24AM EST 0:28
18-Nov-2023 B738Tulsa Intl ()Chicago Midway Intl () 07:25AM CST 08:51AM CST 1:25
17-Nov-2023 B738Dallas Love Fld ()Tulsa Intl () 08:45PM CST 09:23PM CST 0:38
17-Nov-2023 B738San Diego Intl ()Dallas Love Fld () 03:22PM PST 07:33PM CST 2:11
17-Nov-2023 B738Denver Intl ()San Diego Intl () 01:10PM MST 02:19PM PST 2:09
17-Nov-2023 B738Indianapolis Intl ()Denver Intl () 11:14AM EST 11:23AM MST 2:09
17-Nov-2023 B738Hartsfield-Jackson Intl ()Indianapolis Intl () 08:55AM EST 10:06AM EST 1:10
17-Nov-2023 B738Sarasota/Bradenton Intl ()Hartsfield-Jackson Intl () 06:28AM EST 07:51AM EST 1:22
16-Nov-2023 B738Baltimore/Washington Intl ()Sarasota/Bradenton Intl () 07:21PM EST 09:28PM EST 2:07
16-Nov-2023 B738John Glenn Columbus Intl Airport ()Baltimore/Washington Intl () 05:18PM EST 06:15PM EST 0:57
16-Nov-2023 B738Harry Reid Intl ()John Glenn Columbus Intl Airport () 09:56AM PST 04:15PM EST 3:18
16-Nov-2023 B738Salt Lake City Intl ()Harry Reid Intl () 07:33AM MST 07:37AM PST 1:03
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