What you need to know about attending COPA M16
Our host hotel for Migration 16 is the Green Valley Ranch Resort, Spa & Casino (GVR) – one of the finest luxury resorts in the Las Vegas area. Located in Henderson, just a few miles south of Las Vegas, the resort’s impeccable guest services, the wealth of outstanding amenities and expansive pools and gardens have earned it a top reputation. With spacious and beautifully designed hotel rooms and suites with all the modern conveniences, guests should find everything they need at this “off the strip” hotel.
GVR’s extensive meeting facilities will accommodate all of our Migration needs, so you only need to venture away from the resort if you want to. Although it’s “off the strip,” its location provides a more relaxed atmosphere than the usual Vegas venues, and the resort’s shuttle bus service provides free transportation for those wanting to visit casinos on the strip. For specifics on GVR’s facilities, check out their website!
For Migration, we have a negotiated room rate of $189 (plus tax and resort fee) per night for their deluxe “Run of the House” accommodations. For anyone desirous of greater luxury, a variety of suite upgrades are available.
For attendees preferring to call in their reservations, dial 866-782-9487 and mention “COPA Migration 16.” That will allow you to get our group rate.
Rate available until September 20th, 2018.
Green Valley Resort & Spa
2300 Paseo Verde Parkway
Henderson, Nevada 89052
Hampton Inn & Suites Las Vegas South
3245 St. Rose Parkway
Henderson, Nevada 89052
Wednesday, October 10-14, 2018
Group Rate $149.00 + 13% tax
Please call the hotel directly at 702-385-2200, or, use the above link, input your desired dates, and enter the group code of “COP” (please note no “A”).
COPA rate includes complimentary breakfast, parking, wifi, and shuttle service to/from Green Valley Ranch Resort.
Rate available until September 28, 2018.
Personal ground transportation is unnecessary since all of the main Migration events are being held at Green Valley Ranch.
Shuttles to/from the Green Valley Ranch Resort for arrivals/departures via Henderson Executive (KHND) will be provided. On Thursday (10/11), buses will be available from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. as well as on Friday (10/12), from 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. And, for departure on Sunday (10/14), they will run from 6:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
See how many of your COPA friends have already signed up, find them here!
McCarran International Airport (KLAS) will be your only choice if you choose to fly in via the airlines. Las Vegas is one of the easiest airports to get to from all around the country, with many direct flights from even smaller airports. In addition to the shuttle from the Green Valley Ranch, McCarran has taxi and rideshare pickup options as well.
Here is a suggested link to find the best airline flights to LAS for the M16 dates (Thursday 10/11/18 – Sunday 10/14/18).
Henderson (KHND), our destination airport, sits under the Class B “shelf” just south of Las Vegas International. KHND is a towered Class D Airport that sits under the KLAS Class Bravo. We have had several COPA events at KHND from CPPPs to the fly-in location for previous Migrations. While the Las Vegas area can be very busy, please do not let this Intimidate you from flying in. By flying the routes described below and obtaining VFR flight following, the process of flying-in should be fairly routine.
We have worked with the Las Vegas TRACON (L30), LA Center (ZLA), and Tower (KHND) to develop some preferred routes for arrival and developed a preferred departure plan. The TRACON is aware of the dates of Migration, as well as the number of airplanes to expect. Even with these plans in place, if several Cirrus aircraft arrive VFR at the same time and happen to be bunched up with other arrivals, LAS Approach may have to ask for a 360 turn or two, or may vector us for spacing. But, they will attempt to minimize delays.
Arrival: Fly-In Aircraft
We strongly suggest that pilots review the following documents as appropriate, however this information is to be used as a reference only. The Pilot in Command is always responsible for the operation of their aircraft. 14 CFR 91.3.
The M16 Planning Team suggests that you depart VFR from KHND. This will speed up the process of departures for everyone. The Henderson Tower plans to coordinate with Las Vegas TRACON and issue squawk codes for VFR departures if requested. If you prefer not to wait for the squawk code, just remember to remain outside of Bravo airspace which is very nearby.
While our Cirrus airplanes are reliable aircraft, things happen. Occasionally they do need repair beyond what a knowledgeable pilot can provide. Migration 16 attendees have a couple of choices for maintenance (either planned or unplanned):
Lone Mountain Aviation has agreed to have mechanics, parts and tooling available for Migration aircraft on field at Henderson during Migration. Lone Mountain is Las Vegas’s Premier Cirrus service center and partner.
While their headquarters and primary maintenance facility is located at the North Las Vegas airport (KVGT), Lone Mountain is breaking ground on a 30,000-square-foot maintenance facility at Henderson. While it will not be complete during Migration, you should be rest assured a Service Center is standing by should you require their services.
If you would like to schedule any maintenance with Lone Mountain while you are in Henderson for Migration, please contact them directly: 702-309-2200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration is now open!
If you file IFR, you will receive an IFR departure clearance from Ground/clearance delivery (listen to ATIS first) but there will likely be a delay.
If an IFR flight plan is preferred but you would like to depart VFR, obtain a squawk code from tower letting them know you will pick up your clearance from center. You then can avoid delays by filing from a convenient point outside Las Vegas airspace (100NM away), depart VFR from Henderson, and pick up your IFR clearance while in the air with Los Angeles Center. The Las Vegas TRACON will make every effort to give you “Bravo” services, but you should expect your IFR clearance from Los Angeles Center.
Remember, if you elect to depart IFR from KHND, there will likely be a departure delays as well as possible delay vectors and holding.
Both the TRACON and Los Angeles Center advises everyone to “file what you want but expect an amended routing.”
Again, peak traffic times are 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. local. Departing outside of that interval will minimize delays.
KHND has published noise abatement procedures for your review. Click here.
While on the Ground
Henderson Executive Airport is the Migration host this year. M16 parking locations will be based on first-come first-serve. There are a limited number of tie-downs available to us. Shuttle vans will transport you from parking to the terminal for check-in.
Once our allotment of tiedowns are filled, we will be required to park in the northwest corner of the airport using wheel chocks. This is the same area used for M12.
Bring your own chocks! A full set is going to be required (chocks for each wheel). The parking area is on pavement but without tie-downs. Do not depend upon the FBO/COPA for chocks. If you do not have chocks available, you will be required to depart to another airport and utilize their tie-downs.
If you want to hangar your airplane during Migration, contact Bob Simpson at 702-235-6555 for availability and associated fees.
For M16, Henderson is offering a fuel discount – they will be providing full service at self-serve rates.
Overnight parking fees will be waived with the minimum fuel purchase of 20 gallons for piston and 100 gallons for SETP and VLJ.
As always, COPA will provide round-trip transportation between the airport FBO and The Green Valley Ranch Resort Host hotel for arrivals on Thursday, October 11th from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., as well as Friday, October 12th (times TBD). For departures, Sunday, October 14th from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Pilots desiring to arrive/depart outside of these dates/times need to make their own arrangements.
The following “Gates” have been worked out with LA center and Las Vegas TRACON for arrival into KHND.
o Arrivals from the North East: WYYNN -> BVU -> KHND
o Arrivals from the South East: IGM -> BVU -> KHND
o Arrivals from the South/West: WHIGG -> KHND
o Arrivals from the North/West: WHIGG -> KHND (Same as South)
While we suggest being on VFR Flight Following with Los Angles Center prior to entering the Las Vegas area, regardless of flight following, Henderson (KHND) is like any other Class D airport. You must establish two-way radio contact (with your call sign read back) with the Tower before entering their airspace. Also be aware of the Class Bravo Airspace that goes to the surface to the Northwest of KHND. Communication with the Tower does not provide you clearance into the Bravo airspace.
While not recommended, if you prefer/must arrive under IFR, just follow the usual handoff instructions between Las Vegas TRACON and the Henderson Tower and expect the visual. Because of the busy Las Vegas airspace, you should expect delays due to ATC vectors and routing.
Peak traffic times are 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. local (Pacific Time Zone). Arriving outside of that interval will minimize delays.
Again …watch your pattern on the west side of the airport! KHND is just one mile south of the Class B “inner ring” where positive control airspace extends to the surface. Talking to Henderson Tower does not provide clearance into Bravo…