The North Las Vegas Airport is inviting pilots, friends, neighbors, and children to the field for an open house Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This year’s open house is designed to promote the growing support between the community and North Las Vegas Airport, which came under scrutiny in August 2008 when two fatal accidents occurred there within a week of each other. The free event will feature displays of aviation safety and people ready to answer questions, as well as activities for kids. Pilots are encouraged to come and show their support for the airport.
“One of the main features will be the display of antique and experimental aircraft for the public to see and touch,” said Kathleen Snaper, the AOPA Airport Support Network volunteer for North Las Vegas. “Last year was such a huge success with over 2,000 people attending, we anticipate an even greater number this year.”
With goody bags, clowns, face painting, a paper airplane contest, and more, the airport will welcome the community to enjoy the airport and learn more about aviation. AOPA is providing educational materials to teach members of the community about the value of their neighborhood airport.
The accidents at the airport in 2008 raised concerns among residents about airport safety. AOPA and the AOPA Air Safety Foundation reached out to pilots, the community, and the state legislature to encourage safety and calm the public outcry. On Nov. 1, a stakeholder group of aviation officials, pilots, and community residents submitted recommendations to the state legislature to increase safety at the airport. The recommendations call for increased safety education outreach and training for pilots and for laws preventing further residential and commercial encroachment around the airport.