NDOT Debuts Free New State Airports iPad Application
LAS VEGAS, NEV. – The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) recently unveiled a free aviation app for i-Pads that offers searchable airport maps, services, communication and contact information for nearly 50 public-use airports. It additionally includes similar information for Nevada’s approximately 150 privately-owned airports, too, in case of potential emergency landing and response needs.
The airport information is updated monthly, using both Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and NDOT data. Maps are meant to aid in flight planning; they are not intended to replace FAA aeronautical charts or other official flight navigation publications.
The iPad-only application is available under the name “Nevada Airport Directory.” NDOT eventually hopes to soon have Android and Smart Phone versions available, too. Created in-house by NDOT information technology staff, the app saves thousands of dollars previously spent annually to print Nevada aviation maps and airport directories. Aviation maps and information also remain available through the “mobility” tab of nevadadot.com.
NDOT is one of the first state departments of transportation to provide such an aviation app, with the goal of supporting Nevada economic development and aviation tourism, connectivity and safety. Economic impact studies have shown that rural Nevada aviation generates $1 billion in economic activity annually, with Nevada being the fifth-most-visited state by foreign travelers.
“State airports move visitors, goods, firefighters and sometimes even medical services across Nevada. They’re a basecamp for pilots and visitors to explore Nevada,” said NDOT Aviation Manager Kurt Haukohl. “General aviation is a vital part of our transportation network, helping keep Nevada safe and connected. Aviation aids statewide tourism and economic activity.”
Through aviation planning, annual airport safety inspections, airport pavement condition reviews, educational programs and more, the Nevada Department of Transportation’s aviation planning section is responsible for helping ensure that Nevada's general aviation public and private-use airports meet applicable safety requirements and provide a viable, balanced and integrated system of aviation facilities for all users.
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