Vic and Lynne Morin wote in saying they've noticed a small Lear Jet type aircraft circling around Reno this week at a relatively low altitude. Vic and Lynne live in Somersett and they say they've witnessed the plane making many passes over the area. They're wondering what it's up to?
I checked with Heidi Jared at the Reno-Tahoe Airport..
She checked with the air traffic control tower and confirmed this is an FAA aircraft performing routine flight checks of navigational equipment at the Reno-Stead Airport.
I also checked with Ian Gregor with the FAA.
He says crew members fly overhead and use on-board computers to monitor signals the plane is receiving from the airport's navigational systems. Gregor says this is a good way to check on any of the navigational equipment that has undergone repairs or been moved or replaced. It is a good way to make sure it is all working properly so that pilots always have the best systems in place to help them navigate take-offs and landings.