Mixed reviews for local airports

A Federal Aviation Administration review of 20 airports around the nation found mixed runway-safety records at Southern Nevada’s two biggest airports, government officials said Monday.

The rate of runway incursions at McCarran International Airport was low when compared with records at other big airports, but the North Las Vegas Airport posted the highest rate of runway incursions among the airports the federal agency reviewed.

McCarran had six runway incursions in fiscal 2007, which ended Sept. 30. That amounts to 0.97 incursions for every 100,000 takeoffs and landings. McCarran ranked 26th in the country for the number of runway incursions per 100,000 operations; airports with higher incursion rates included Los Angeles International, Chicago’s O’Hare International, New York’s LaGuardia International, Dallas-Fort Worth International, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International, San Francisco International and Boston’s Logan International.

Runway incursions were more frequent at the North Las Vegas Airport. The airport posted 11 incursions in 2007, for a rate of 5.02 incursions per 100,000 takeoffs and landings.

Because more than half of the runway incursions at the North Las Vegas Airport involved pilots based there, problems likely stemmed from factors other than a lack of familiarity by pilots, said Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Runway-safety prescriptions at both airports involve more-visible signs indicating airfield locations and runway intersections, fresh directional pavement markings and “hot-spot” placards alerting pilots to airfield sections with past incursion issues.

Additional safety measures at North Las Vegas could include videos for pilot training and an examination of “airfield geometry” to determine whether modifications in taxi ways might reduce incursions, Gregor said.

The simpler changes, such as signs and placards, should be in place within 60 days. Complicated solutions involving airway layouts could require six months to implement, Gregor said.

Cecil Johnson, who oversees operations at North Las Vegas as assistant director of aviation for general aviation at the Clark County Department of Aviation, said the airport has received several new runway-safety measures over the past two years. Lights to identify the end of runways, lights to alert pilots that they’re leaving taxi ways and entering runways and taxi-way markings twice the size of indicators at other airports North Las Vegas’ size are among the improvements, Johnson said.

Yet, human error still occurs, and that could have contributed to an increase in incursions in 2007 at North Las Vegas, Johnson said.

“We can’t control the pilot who may be looking at his instrumentation, working his avionics or tuning up the engine in advance of taking off,” Johnson said. “We have a lot of student activity at the airport as well, with four flight schools there.”

Airport executives met in September with federal officials to discuss additional changes, and they’re asking pilots and flight-school operators based at the airport to pass along suggestions for safety upgrades.

Local aviation officials have also made runway-safety upgrades at McCarran. The airport added brighter and bigger airfield markings to guide pilots more than a year before the Federal Aviation Administration required completion of the work. The improvements helped McCarran land the agency’s regional Air Carrier Airport Safety Award for 2007 in May, Johnson said.

Johnson also noted that McCarran’s runway incursions have remained low even as construction continues on several major projects, including a new terminal.

Gregor said neither McCarran nor North Las Vegas experienced any serious runway incursions in 2007. The agency grades incursions on a four-letter scale, with A being the most serious and D being the least serious. Neither airport experienced A or B incursions in 2007; at McCarran, all six incursions were D-level, which means no chance of a collision during the event. Ten of the North Las Vegas Airport’s incursions were D-level, and one was C-level.

Gregor said passengers should feel “very, very comfortable” flying into McCarran. And though North Las Vegas needs safety improvements, flyers using that airport needn’t be overly concerned about runway incursions there, he added.

“The good news is that the vast majority of runway incursions at North Las Vegas are of the less-serious kind,” Gregor said. “It’s a safe airport, but we definitely want to make it safer. There have been too many runway incursions there, and we’re going to change that.”

Airports nationwide have made progress in limiting severe incursions, federal officials said Monday in a phone-in press conference.

The number of A- and B-level incursions dropped from 31 in fiscal 2006 to 24 in fiscal 2007, and the number of C-level incursions fell from 75 in 2006 to 49 in 2007. The number of D-level incursions jumped, however, from 224 in 2006 to 298 in 2007. Though D-grade incursions don’t involve collision hazards, the gain in occurrences raised eyebrows at the Federal Aviation Administration because D-level incursions are “precursor events,” said agency administrator Bobby Sturgell.

ad-high_impact_4
Business
President Trump’s tariffs could raise costs for real estate developers, analysts say
President Donald Trump made his fortune in real estate, but by slapping tariffs on imports from close allies, developers in Las Vegas and other cities could get hit hard.
Las Vegas business and tariffs
Barry Yost, co-owner of Precision Tube Laser, LLC, places a metal pipe into the TruLaser Tube 5000 laser cutting machine on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in Las Vegas. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
Nevada Film Office Connects Businesses To Producers
The director of the Nevada Film Office discusses its revamped locations database and how it will affect local businesses. (Bailey Schulz/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Opendoor isn't the typical house flipping company
Unlike most house flippers, the company aims to make money from transaction costs rather than from selling homes for more than their purchase price.
The Venetian gondoliers sing Italian songs
Gondolier Marciano sings a the classic Italian song "Volare" as he leads guests through the canals of The Venetian in Las Vegas. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Building In Logandale
Texas homebuilder D.R. Horton bought 43 lots in rural Logandale. (Eli Segall/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Indoor farming in Southern Nevada
Experts discuss Nevada's indoor farming industry. (Bailey Schulz/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Former Fontainebleau could have become a Waldorf Astoria
Months after developer Steve Witkoff bought the Fontainebleau last summer, he unveiled plans to turn the mothballed hotel into a Marriott-managed resort called The Drew. But if Richard “Boz” Bosworth’s plans didn’t fall through, the north Las Vegas Strip tower could have become a Waldorf Astoria with several floors of timeshare units. (Eli Segall/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
LVCVA CEO Rossi Ralenkotter announces plans to retire
Rossi Ralenkotter, CEO of the LVCVA, on Tuesday confirmed a Las Vegas Review-Journal report that he is preparing to retire. Richard N. Velotta/ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Cousins Maine Lobster to open inside 2 Las Vegas Smith’s stores
Cousins Maine Lobster food truck company will open inside Las Vegas’ two newest Smith’s at Skye Canyon Park Drive and U.S. Highway 95, and at Warm Springs Road and Durango Drive. Cousins currently sells outside some Las Vegas Smith’s stores and at Fremont Street and Las Vegas Boulevard. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegas home prices to continue to rise, expert says
Lawrence Yun, chief economist at the National Association of Realtors, gives homebuyers a pulse on the Las Vegas housing market. (Eli Segall/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
NV Energy announces clean energy investment
The company is planning to add six solar projects in Nevada, along with the state's first major battery energy storage capacity. Bailey Schulz/Las Vegas Review-Journal
3 Mario Batali restaurants on Las Vegas Strip to close
Days after new sexual misconduct allegations were made against celebrity chef Mario Batali, his company announced Friday that it will close its three Las Vegas restaurants July 27. Employees of Carnevino Italian Steakhouse, B&B Ristorante and Otto Enoteca e Pizzeria, all located in The Venetian and Palazzo resorts, were informed of the decision Friday morning. Bastianich is scheduled to visit the restaurants Friday to speak to employees about the next two months of operation as well as how the company plans to help them transition to new positions.
Nevada has its first cybersecurity apprenticeship program
The Learning Center education company in Las Vegas has launched the first apprenticeship program for cybersecurity in Nevada. It was approved by the State Apprenticeship Council on May 15. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegas union members voting to authorize the right to strike
Thousands of Las Vegas union members voting Tuesday morning to authorize the right to strike. A “yes” vote would give the union negotiating committee the power to call a strike anytime after June 1 at the resorts that fail to reach an agreement. (Todd Prince/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Small businesses struggle to find qualified candidates
A 2018 survey found that over two-thirds of small businesses in Nevada find it somewhat to very difficult to recruit qualified candidates. Bailey Schulz/Las Vegas Review-Journal
Nevada secretary of state website offers little protection against fraudulent business filings
Property developer Andy Pham tells how control of his business was easily seized by another person using the secretary of state website.
Caesars may be going solo in its marijuana policy
Several Southern Nevada casino companies aren’t following Caesars Entertainment’s lead on marijuana testing.
How much is the Lucky Dragon worth?
Less than a year-and-a-half after it opened, the Lucky Dragon was in bankruptcy.
Gyms and discount stores take over empty retail spaces
Grocery stores used to draw people to shopping centers. But many large retail spaces have been vacant since 2008. Discount stores like goodwill and gyms like EOS Fitness are filling those empty spaces, and helping to draw shoppers back in. K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal
Funding source of Las Vegas stadium for the Raiders is sound, expert says
The stadium is funded in part by $750 million of room taxes, the biggest such tax subsidy ever for a professional sports stadium. Robert Lang, executive director of Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute at UNLV, says that is a good use of public funds. (Richard Velotta/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegas needs light rail, expert says
Robert Lang, executive director of Brookings Mountain West and the Lincy Institute said he is afraid of a "congestion mobility crisis." Las Vegas needs a light rail system, he said, to accommodate the city's growing number of attractions. (Richard Velotta/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Three takeaways from Wynn Resorts' Earnings Call
Matt Maddox came out swinging in his first earnings conference call as Wynn Resorts chief executive officer, boasting of record Las Vegas quarterly revenues and applicants lining up for work.
Star Wars VR Comes to Las Vegas
Sneak peak at the new "Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire" VR experience at the Grand Canal Shoppes.
Elaine Wynn continues her fight to change Wynn Resorts board
Elaine Wynn, the largest shareholder of Wynn Resorts Ltd., is seeking to kick a friend of her ex-husband Steve Wynn off the company’s board of directors. (Todd Prince/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Zillow is getting into house flipping in Las Vegas
Las Vegas Review-Journal real estate reporter Eli Segall says flipping houses has waned in popularity after the housing bubble burst.
Ellis Island Buys Mt. Charleston Lodge
Ellis Island, which operates a casino, brewery and hotel just off the Strip, purchased the Mt. Charleston Lodge in early April.
Casinos to be penalized for allowing drug-impaired customers to gamble
Nevada Gaming Commission Chairman Tony Alamo talks about an amendment making casinos subject to the same disciplinary standards of preventing people to gamble if impaired by drugs as they are for letting them play while intoxicated by alcohol.
Terrible Herbst to open large travel center in Southern Nevada
The 50,000-square-foot commercial travel center will include 96 fuel pumps and the third White Castle restaurant in Southern Nevada. Wade Tyler Millward reports.
Art Bell’s Top 10 Shows
A selection of radio host Art Bell’s most popular shows.
TOP NEWS
News Headlines
Home Front Page Footer Listing
Circular
You May Like

You May Like