AOPA President Phil Boyer gave special recognition to members of the Clark County (Nevada) Aviation Association (CCAA) during a Pilot Town Meeting in Las Vegas November 28. Boyer told the crowd of 200 pilots that CCAA was "working tirelessly to make things better for general aviation in Las Vegas."
CCAA and the North Las Vegas Airport (VGT) are hosting a Community Aviation Day this Saturday (December 2) from 9 a.m. to 2. p.m.
During the Pilot Town meeting, Boyer noted CCAA's efforts to improve GA access through the Las Vegas Class B airspace. CCAA members helped design, chart, and implement procedures for new VFR transition routes. They then flew the routes with air traffic controllers to select and chart checkpoint locations. CCAA also helped develop new IFR departure procedures from North Las Vegas airport (VGT) and successfully campaigned for the installation of an ILS approach at VGT. AOPA was involved in all of these issues, but according to Stacy Howard, AOPA regional representative, the daily presence of CCAA members made a tremendous difference in the level of success achieved, and their work assured the changes met the needs of local pilots.
North Las Vegas Mayor Michael Montandon opened the Pilot Town Meeting with praise for general aviation. Although not a pilot, Mayor Montandon is very active in planning for the North Las Vegas Airport, which is owned by Clark County. He considers his involvement as the best way to assure that land-use planning for the city of North Las Vegas is compatible with airport development.
November 30, 2000