The FAA intends to implement major airspace changes in the Southwest U.S. on October 4. The Las Vegas four cornerpost plan integrates changes in standard routings in airspace controlled by the Albuquerque and Los Angeles Centers. The plan also includes changes to the Phoenix and Las Vegas Tracon airspace that serves Phoenix Sky Harbor International and Las Vegas McCarran International Airports.
McCarran International Airport
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) said two business jets had to take evasive action at 28,000 feet and about 60 miles northeast of Las Vegas on Thursday afternoon to avoid the possibility of colliding while en route to Las Vegas McCarran Airport. The incident involved a NetJets Cessna Citation X and a Learjet 60.
While many cities, counties and other agencies from coast to coast pursue policies of scaling back operations at airports they control–or in some cases even eliminating them entirely–Clark County, Nev., is flying a reciprocal course. Comprising the state’s southern tip, Clark includes the state’s two largest cities, Las Vegas and Henderson. The area’s economy is perhaps the most tourism- and convention-dependent in the nation.
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.-based Aero Toy Store announced Tuesday the grand opening of a Las Vegas sales center, located at McCarran International Airport. The sales and completions company owns FBOs and sales centers in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Montreal, Canada.
“Las Vegas is now one of our top five customer destinations, making it the perfect location to expand what is already the largest dedicated maintenance network in private aviation,” said Sanjay Aggarwal, Flight Options COO. “We are proud to be a part of the Las Vegas community.”
The Clark County Department of Aviation hopes to issue up to $400 million in bonds to help finance land purchases and construction at three existing southern Nevada airports and the proposed new international airport site in Ivanpah Valley. If approved, the money would be used for everything from future terminal and runway expansion, road and taxiway construction, noise mitigation and improved security.
Macquarie Infrastructure of Sydney, Australia, entered into an agreement to pay $59 million to purchase Las Vegas Executive Terminal, one of two FBOs at McCarran International Airport. The acquisition, subject to government and shareholder approvals, will expand the company’s U.S. aviation holdings. When the acquisition is completed, Las Vegas Executive will be integrated into the firm’s Atlantic Aviation FBO chain.
After 10 years of building a large charter/management company and full-service FBO at McClellan-Palomar Airport in San Diego, Jet Source is preparing to expand with a second FBO at Henderson Executive Airport in Las Vegas. Henderson is a growing alternate destination for Las Vegas-bound travelers who don’t want to deal with congestion at McCarran International Airport, according to Frank Milian, Jet Source president and COO.
The classic clash between operators and their neighbors is a relative constant in helicopter circles. As cities such as Las Vegas experience surges in population growth and tourism activity, the comfort zone between people on the ground and aircraft in the sky gets squeezed to uncomfortable margins.
The FAA is not formally investigating a ramp accident that took place September 20 at McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas, during which an unattended Falcon 900EX rolled through the airport fence and onto Tropicana Avenue.