Ban Experimental Homebuilt Aircraft At Las Vegas?

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A state senate and local assembly joint resolution in Las Vegas is urging Congress to authorize a ban on flights of experimental homebuilt aircraft to and from the North Las Vegas Airport. The resolution points to increased residential density in the neighborhoods "directly in the flight paths" of aircraft arriving and departing at North Las Vegas and states that experimentals have "higher accident rates" than other aircraft groups. Experimental aircraft account for "more than 12 percent of airplane accidents nationwide in 2007," according to language in the resolution, which also states that in the area surrounding North Las Vegas, "several persons" on the ground were killed due to experimental aircraft crashes in 2008. As federal law grants the U.S. government exclusive sovereignty of airspace, the senate and assembly of the state of Nevada is jointly requesting the Congress of the United States to enact legislation granting Clark County authority to ban flights of experimental homebuilt aircraft. Sponsors of the proposed legislation are Senator Steven Horsford, D-Las Vegas, and Assemblywoman Marilyn Kirkpatrick.

Interested parties may find the full content of the joint resolution here.

Readers interested in sharing their insights with the proposed legislation's sponsors may contact the office of Senator Steven Horsford here and find contact for Assemblywoman Kirkpatrick here.