Wed, Nov 15, 2006
Planes Now Permitted To Turn NW After Takeoff
The Federal Aviation Administration announced Tuesday it has
approved a plan to resume "right turn" departures out of Las Vegas'
McCarran International Airport. The plan routes more aircraft over
affluent neighhborhoods in the northwest section of the gambling
As you can imagine, that's raised a lot of protests from the
owners of those homes. They say the plan raises the possibility of
crashes... and, perhaps more tellingly, that the increased noise
from those planes will lower their property values.
But the FAA says the plan is as safe as the current route, in
which most planes depart the Las Vegas area to the south after
Having a second option, the FAA maintains, will increase
efficiency and lower fuel costs for the airlines.
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