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Pilots get pro-airport message to publicPilots get pro-airport message to public

Airport open houseWhen you want to get to know your neighbors, you invite them over for a visit. So why not do the same for your airport? That was part of the reasoning behind the upcoming airport open house planned for Dec. 6 at North Las Vegas in Nevada.

When a high profile accident at the field earlier this year tarnished its image and raised new safety concerns among its neighbors, local pilots realized they needed to take action to help the public understand the value of their airport. So AOPA Airport Support Network volunteer Kathleen Snaper and the Clark County Aviation Association got permission to hold an open house and invite the public to learn more about their airport.

“No one understands the importance of community airports better than the pilots and businesses who use them,” said Heidi Williams, AOPA senior director of airports. “So no one is better positioned to educate airport neighbors about the true value of general aviation fields.”

And AOPA is always available to help, providing guidance on planning an airport open house and offering wide ranging information resources  and support.

The North Las Vegas event, which will feature participation and displays from numerous aviation organizations, airport businesses, and flight schools, also commemorates the airport’s anniversary. North Las Vegas was first opened Dec. 7, 1941, but closed again within one hour because of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the U.S. entry into World War II.

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