Hey everyone! Im here today with a topic about my airport! This is just a little educational topic on how to fly and use Las Vegas airport as realistic as possible! Yes i do know in fact that not all pilots on here fly realistically but for those who do, i’m here to help you!
Starting off with the procedures. I am extremely thrilled and happy that SIDS, STARS, and Approaches were added in the recent 20.1 Update! This already helps everyone, but also adds so much more realism!
Why Such Specific Procedures?
If you do not know, Las Vegas is situated in a Valley meaning mountains surround the airport. I have highlighted the mountains around the airport in the picture below
Departures (as shown on SIDs) for 26 runways turn left or right immediately after takeoff due to the large mountain range ahead. This is really the only crucial / main procedure at KLAS.
The picture above displays a map of KLAS.
Depending on winds, runways can change. When the 26 runways are in usage, 26R is used for departures while 26L is never used.
For the 19 runways, the departure runway can vary depending what side you are!
For 1 runways departures, the departure is the same as 19, they vary on which side if the runway you are!
Lastly, the 8 departures which are rarely used unless the weather exceeds 100 degrees Fahrenheit, Runway 8L is used ONLY for departures, never 8R
Winds may change which cause runway usage to change! For 26 runways, 26L is always used mainly while 26R can also be used ONLY if traffic is still on 26R.
For Runway 19s, the Landing runways also vary like departures! 19L and R can be used, its up to you!
For Runway 1s, 1L is almost always used and 1R is the alternative runway
For runway 8s, 8L is usually used while 8R may be used aswell like runway 1s.
Gates and Apron Usage
Above is an image of all Gates at McCarran International.
Red - GA Gates || You can park private, general aviation, or government aircraft here!
Yellow - Cargo || UPS and FedEx are the only Cargo operators that fly to KLAS
Purple - Allegiant
Yellow - Spirit
Blue - Southwest
Green - Frontier, American, United, Hawaiian
Gray - Alaska and JetBlue
Cyan - International (BA, Korean, ect.)
Taxiing isnt a big deal, but if you do want that tiny bit of realism, here you are!
Red - Taxiway Bravo (B) || Commercial Airliners use this taxiway to go to 1R/L or 26R
Yellow - Taxiway Alpha (A) || All Private Jets and some Commercial Airliners use this to get to 26R. Used all the time to get to 1R/1L
Green - Taxiway Delta (D) || All airliners use this taxiway to get to runway 1L/1R while Private Jets taxi on Taxiway Hotel (H) down the middle of 1L and 1R.
Janet Airways Procedures
Janet takes a special route theough the mountains unlike airliners. Flying to the mysterious area of the 51. They dont directly fly to Area 51 but instead Tonopah Testing Site. These flights usually have there transponders off until 50nm away from Tonopah.
Thanks for viewing my topic! And thank you developers for the amazing 20.1 update!