Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Administration (MPA)


Public Administration

First Committee Member

Dr. Lukemeyer, Chair

Second Committee Member

Dr. Bernick

Third Committee Member

Dr. Hassenzahl

Fourth Committee Member

Dr. Kim

Number of Pages



This professional paper will evaluate the impact of the Airport Noise and Capacity Act on Clark County's ability to reduce aircraft noise associated to helicopter sightseeing tours originating from McCarran International Airport. The paper will first provide the reader a brief introduction to aircraft operations in Las Vegas, and summarize local helicopter 1 noise activities. The paper will then present the legislative requirements and history concerning the curtailment of aircraft operations. The paper will also examine court cases addressing curtailment of aircraft operations at public-use airports. Next, a review of how other federally funded airports have sought solutions to resolve local noise concerns within the framework of ANCA will be discussed. The paper will close by identifying noise mitigation strategies Clark County could pursue while being in conformance with ANCA.


Airport noise, Clark County (Nev.), Helicopters, McCarran International Airport (Nev.), Nevada, Noise control, Noise pollution, Sightseeing business, Tourism


Public Administration | Public Policy | Tourism | Transportation