The 2013 NBAA Convention, which closed on Thursday in Las Vegas, was a “resounding success,” according to NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. “The energy and enthusiasm among exhibitors and attendees has demonstrated once again the tremendous value the industry continues to place on this event as a premier national and international business aviation venue.”
McCarran International Airport
Runway 19L/01R at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (KLAS) is closed until September 5 for construction. The closure is expected to create bottlenecks in the flow of air traffic both to and from the airport. Operators should plan for possible 30- to 45-minute departure delays during peak demand periods, as well as miles-in-trail restrictions.
The newly renamed NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (October 22 to 24 in Las Vegas) will again feature a second smaller static display, but this time inside the convention hall instead of outside. The traditional outdoor airport static display will again be held at Henderson Executive Airport. For the past two NBAA shows, a smaller static display was held outside the convention hall. At Las Vegas, the indoor static display will include 10 to 15 light business airplanes and helicopters on the main exhibit floor.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday announced a series of “traffic management initiatives” at airports and other facilities around the country as a result of employee furloughs due to the government’s automatic budget cuts known as sequestration. The agency warned travelers to expect a wide range of delays that will change throughout the day depending on staffing and weather.
In its bid to expand MRO operations across the U.S., Constant Aviation recently opened a facility at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport.
“We are excited about our growth out west. Opening a Constant Aviation facility in Las Vegas was the next logical thing for us to do as we invest heavily in the growth and expansion of our facilities, capabilities and personnel,” Stephen Maiden, president of the Cleveland, Ohio-based MRO, told AIN.
A story in this week’s Loveland, Colo. Reporter Herald says that Allegiant Airlines’ suspension of service from Loveland in August was due to airline CEO Maurice Gallagher’s concern about safety based on too much local air traffic and the airport’s lack of a control tower. Local city officials, as well as representatives of the Transport Workers Union representing Allegiant flight attendants want to know why, if flight safety is the reason for the pullout, the airline plans to continue operating service to Las Vegas through the end of October.
“The Block Aircraft Registration Request [Barr] program doesn’t really provide privacy; it’s just a barrier,” Dustin Hoffman, president of Los Angeles-based IT engineering firm Exigent Systems, told AIN. Hoffman, who has a private pilot certificate and flies a piston single for his business, set out to prove his point at the Defcon 20 computer security conference earlier this month in Las Vegas.
The NTSB has opened the docket on the fatal crash of a Las Vegas tour helicopter late last year.
Atlantic Aviation recently completed the renovations at its McCarran International Airport FBO in Las Vegas, one of the chain’s busiest locations.
The improved facility’s features include six separate designated seating areas, an Internet café in the pilots’ lounge, private data rooms for passengers, conference rooms with audiovisual capabilities, customer coffee bar, on-site bistro and Wi-Fi access throughout the facility.
Katrina Bradshaw, NBAA’s vice president of static displays and forums, said the association realized early in the planning process for this year’s show that they were running out of parking spaces for the static display at Henderson Executive Airport just seven miles south of Las Vegas’s McCarran International.
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