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Title: McCarran International Airport is no more.
Post by: tyketto on June 16, 2021, 08:13:26 PM

Starting 17 June 2021, KLAS will no longer be named McCarran International Airport. Effective tomorrow, KLAS shall be known as Senator Harry Reid International Airport.

ARRIVING SOON: FAA changes aircraft navigation maps to Harry Reid International Airport
McCarran Airport scrubbed to reflect the name change

By: Joe Bartels
Posted at 6:45 PM, Jun 15, 2021 and last updated 8:10 AM, Jun 16, 2021

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Federal Aviation Administration appears to be working on administrative tasks in order to reflect the name change of the largest airport in Las Vegas to Harry Reid International Airport.

New aircraft navigation maps, the visual flight rules terminal area chart, or VFR Las Vegas TAC, show Harry Reid International Airport instead of McCarran International Airport.

The maps help pilots navigate heavily regulated airspace above Las Vegas and surrounding areas.

The name change was first noticed on Twitter by a popular Las Vegas account.

The new maps show they are effective starting June 17, 2021.

“This is an honor of a great statesman for my adopted father and I’m proud to be his adopted son," said businessman Stephen J. Cloobeck, the founder of Diamond Resorts International.

“This was a blessing to be involved, this is a man who deserves this great honor while he’s alive and we’re very, very excited," added Cloobeck.

In February, the FAA told 13 Action News the agency does not approve airport name changes but would need to complete some administrative tasks before officially recognizing any name change.

The tasks include making the name change to properly track federal grant agreements, revising the Airport Master Record and air traffic control maps.

There are still questions about the timing and money to pay for the overall name change of the Las Vegas Airport.

“The numbers are coming together nicely as to what it will cost, not to be disclosed just yet, but obtainable," said Cloobeck.

"My first gift of $1 million is still valid to jump-start this campaign," added Cloobeck.

Cost estimates to cover new signage, designs, and other items to reflect the name change have been previously anywhere between $2-5 million.

“No tax dollars should be used for this, it will all be done through private donations and that vehicle is already been set up through the county,“ added Cloobeck.

13 Action News has reached out to Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom about the timing and progress of the name change, but we have not heard back as of Tuesday evening.

“I have seen some first renderings of what the airport will look like with its rebranding and boy it is going to be representative of a beautiful world-class city,“ said Cloobeck.

On Tuesday, Commissioner Segerbloom Tweeted his approval of the name change.

The Clark County Commission decided unanimously earlier this year to remove the McCarran name and legacy from the airport and instead rename it in honor of former Sen. Harry Reid.

Wednesday, a spokesperson for Clark County says the FAA has provided no formal notification on its finding of the proposed name change and that it is important to note that the cost of any name change must be borne by private donations, as stipulated by the Clark County Commission.

The spokesperson also said the estimated preliminary costs of such a change total $7.2 million with reports of donations to be provided to the county commission quarterly starting on July 20.

The airport was named in honor of former Sen. Patrick McCarran, who represented Nevada between 1933 and 1954. Some say he supported racist, anti-immigrant and anti-semitic policies, but he was also a massive supporter of aviation.

This has drawn fierce reaction -- both for and against -- the idea.

Charts for this are already available, as they go into effect when the next AIRAC cycle kicks in, which is tomorrow.

Title: Re: McCarran International Airport is no more.
Post by: kyle172 on July 01, 2021, 07:27:27 PM
They should of just left it as it was..
Title: Re: McCarran International Airport is no more.
Post by: tyketto on July 02, 2021, 06:12:00 PM
They should of just left it as it was..

Why? Do you even know who and what Patrick McCarran was?

Title: Re: McCarran International Airport is no more.
Post by: Fryy - Avocadoflight on July 02, 2021, 09:30:28 PM
I'm into it! I've always been all about his UFO AATIP advocacy  :-D
Title: Re: McCarran International Airport is no more.
Post by: KB4TEZ on May 19, 2022, 06:49:45 AM
Interesting read
Title: Re: McCarran International Airport is no more.
Post by: tyketto on May 19, 2022, 07:42:16 PM
Interesting read

Oh, definitely a very interesting read. As a resident of Las Vegas, whenever at the parking area dedicated to planespotting and listening in to ATC, every 10 minutes there was a blurb on the radio asking if people knew that McCarran was the father of the modern NAS that we have right now, and to learn more about him by visiting the aviation museum that is above baggage claim in the main terminal.

So there is no denying the accomplishments that McCarran did; however, one had to judge if the good he has done is better than the bad that he has done, and whether Reid is worthy of taking the name of the airport over McCarran. Right now, I'd say that there is a compromise. Reid was the one that got the D gates, Terminal 3, the new ATC tower, and repavement of 26L done. He was the one that got the funds allocated for that, because not only was Terminal 2 completely aging and about to fall apart, the old Tower was just as bad. This allowed KLAS to bring in airlines such as Singapore, KLM, Korean Air, Edelweiss, Eurowings, Volaris, VivaAero, Virgin, British Airways, Condor, Monarch, and right now, Finnair, plus more.

As a compromise, the marquis for McCarran Field still exists going over to the FBOs on the west side of the field. That isn't going to change.