Lodging & Logistics

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.

Click here to make your reservation online today! 

 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
United States






Hampton Inn & Suites Las Vegas South
3245 St. Rose Parkway
Henderson, Nevada 89052
United States 

Wednesday, October 10-14, 2018

Group Rate $149.00 + 13% tax 

COPA Reservations Link: Hampton Inn & Suites Las Vegas South

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!



M16 Fly-In Procedures

Airline Passengers

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). 


Fly-In Aircraft

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.

Notice to Cirrus Pilots


Input from Tracon

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.



Aircraft Maintenance


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):

On Airport: 

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 info@lonemountainaviation.com


Don't Miss COPA M16 in Las Vegas

Registration is now open!

The Cirrus Owners & Pilots Association (aka, “COPA”) is a 501(c)7 non-profit corporation dedicated to serving its members.  COPA is not in any way affiliated with Cirrus Aircraft, the manufacturer.

Well-known as the night for meeting new friends or getting reacquainted with fellow COPA Members, we’re making it easy for those who’ve had a long day of traveling or attended the pre-Migration seminar by staging COPA Cabana at our host hotel, Green Valley Ranch. As you’re renewing old friendships and making new ones over cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, you’ll be able to take in the wonderful backyard and pool area of the resort.

COPA Cabana

Saturday, 10:30 am to 3:00+/- pm


The details of the spouse/partner’s event have been finalized and it’s going to be one not to miss. On Saturday, those attending will be transported to the Bellagio hotel, located on the strip and famous for its fountains. The experience will start with lunch at Lago, the first Italian restaurant from James Beard Award winner Chef Julian Serrano featuring the modern concept of small plates. The dining room has floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows ensuring spectacular views of the resort’s iconic fountains. After lunch enjoy a private, behind the scenes tour to learn what it takes to run this luxurious, renowned resort, including the famous Bellagio Fountains.

Spouse/ Partner Program

Known for its spectacular shows, famous restaurants, and exciting tours, we wanted to give you some time to experience Las Vegas. COPA has teamed with GVR to provide a pre-event concierge (Pre-Event Concierge) whom can book whatever excursion you desire! From recommended shows, a variety of activities from tours to a race car driving experience, there are many choices.


If you’d rather try one of the many high-end restaurants, many owned by well-known professional chefs, GVR has a list of off property restaurants. They can also make recommendations and reservations at any of the GVR restaurants


If you don’t see something on the provided lists that you’re interested in, just ask the concierge. The lists are suggestions of popular choices.


For information and reservations before M16, call 702-617-7744 or email gvrconcierge@stationcasinos.com


There will also be a dedicated concierge in the COPA VIP Room during the event who can answer questions and line you up with whatever you’d like to do.


Please note that the cost to attend any of these shows are not included in your M16 Registration

Viva Las Vegas!!

Payments & Refunds

Migration Cancellation Protection:

Participants are strongly encouraged to purchase the Optional Cancellation Protection. Experience has shown that cancellations occur for a variety of unforeseen personal, professional, and other reasons. Migration Cancellation Protection is offered for all participants for a fee equal to 17% of the total attendance fee paid.

All registrations cancelled prior to five (5) weeks before Migration will receive a full refund of all Migration registration fees regardless of whether Cancellation Protection has been purchased. Once inside the five (5) week “window” prior to Migration, COPA will be committed to the cost of the facilities, meals, and other related expenses. Only those registrations that have purchased Cancellation Protection will receive a refund.

Migration Cancellation Protection does not include the hotel, which you will book separately and has its own cancellation policy.

Migration Cancellation Policy:

If you cancel or alter your Migration reservation prior to five (5) weeks before Migration, the following shall apply:

If Migration Cancellation Protection has been purchased, it is nonrefundable.
If the participant cancels the entire reservation, the M16 registration fee shall be refunded in full.
If the participant reduces the reservation (e.g., your spouse/partner/junior cannot attend), that portion of your registration fee shall be refunded in full.
Cancellation of any hotel, car will be the sole responsibility of the participant.
If you cancel or alter your Migration reservation within five (5) weeks of Migration, the following shall apply:

If Migration Cancellation Protection has been purchased, it is nonrefundable.
If the participant cancels the entire reservation and has purchased Cancellation Protection, the M16 registration fee shall be refunded in full.
If the participant reduces the reservation and has purchased Cancellation Protection, that portion of your registration fee shall be refunded in full.
If the participant reduces or cancels the reservation and has not purchased Cancellation Protection, there will be no refund.
Cancellation of any hotel or car will be the sole responsibility of the participant.

Payment methods accepted:

During your registration, payment via our secure server is required using Master Card, Visa, Discover, or American Express.

VIP Room

Back by popular demand, a VIP room stocked with snacks and drinks and cozy chairs will be open to all attendees throughout the M16 event. There will also be an assigned GVR concierge who can book any reservations for dinners, tours, and activities that you’d like to make. As well as answer any questions you have about the resort.

Our annual gala banquet dinner and cocktail reception will be held at the Green Valley Ranch, where we will be treated to the delicacies of some of the chefs at GVR – their fine dining restaurants are widely reputed as some of the best. And, you won’t want to miss our special guest speaker, Brian Udell, who holds the record for surviving the highest speed ejection from a U.S. Fighter Aircraft at nearly 800 mph. He survived four grueling hours 65 miles off the Atlantic Coast in 60-degree water, five-foot seas, and 15 mph winds at night. Brian’s determination, perseverance, faith, and sheer will to survive is unparalleled. His story of survival, recovery, and return to the Strike Eagle is an inspiration.

Annual COPA Banquet

Departure Information

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.

Suggested Routes

  • The M16 Planning Team suggests that you arrive VFR to KHND.
    o   There are no precision approaches into KHND. Since the IFR approaches into KHND have such high circling minimums anyway, even if arriving IFR, canceling 20 miles out would help traffic flow and spacing. IMC conditions are very rare in Las Vegas, especially in October, the weather is generally VMC with pleasant temperatures.


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…