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FAA Switching To New Air Traffic Patterns In Las Vegas Area

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration is enacting new air traffic patterns in southern Nevada, switching to satellite navigational guides in what officials call a "NextGen" modernization to improve efficiency and safety.

Beginning Thursday, some flight routes will change for arriving and departing aircraft in an area including McCarran International Airport, two busy Las Vegas-area general aviation airports and Nellis Air Force Base.

Las Vegas is the 10th of 11 FAA "metroplex" areas around the U.S. to put next-generation traffic patterns in place. The 12th is scheduled later this year around 21 airports in central and southern Florida.