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Type: General Information
Notice Date: Monday, August 8, 2022
Notice Number: NOTC2526
North Las Vegas Airport (VGT) NOTWN5 Instrument Departure Procedure
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Sunday, September 3, 2023
Subject: NORTHTOWN5 (NOTWN5) DEPARTURE Air Traffic Letter to Airmen
 
The North Las Vegas Airport (VGT) NOTWN Standard Instrument Departure (SID) has been flown incorrectly on many occasions.  The SID requires departing IFR flights to make a RIGHT
turn to intercept the LAS313° radial and track outbound until RUZCO. At RUZCO, the procedure then requires departing pilots to turn RIGHT, direct the LAS VOR continuing a climb to the ATC assigned altitude.
 
However, some pilots that depart Runway 25/30L/30R (heading 270°) or Runway 7/12L/12R (heading 250°) a returning heading 270°/250°, as expected, then incorrectly turning LEFT to intercept the LAS313° radial inbound(southeast bound) violating and nullifying the procedure and its design to protect aviators from obstacles, terrain, and Harry Reid departures. This is a dangerous and improper application of the departure procedure.  
 
Pilots are reminded to thoroughly review their IFR clearance to ensure they will be able to fully comply with all requirements of the clearance before departing. Additionally, pilots should be prepared to fly the entire SID as published. Reliance on third party software that suggests shortcuts should be avoided.
Note- An annotated graphic of the procedure is attached. Always be sure you are using the most current publication for navigation and review all applicable NOTAMs.
 
Adrienne Brown, Air Traffic Manager, North Las Vegas Tower