Lake Tahoe has a range of casinos, in the small lakeside town of Stateline, Nevada, but the gambling paradise of the world surely has to be Las Vegas. We head south over the Nevada desert to Las Vegas, flying over the route that famed aviator Steve Fossett was so recently and tragically lost. Minden‐Tahoe airport was the base for search and rescue operations in the hunt for this record-breaking aviator. It may seem strange at first that an aircraft can be lost in the United States, but as we fly over the Nevada Desert, the answer soon presents itself. Despite being bounded by cities such as Las Vegas, the Nevada Desert is a wilderness of epic proportions. There is little in the way of civilization until we reach Las Vegas itself, standing out as an oasis in this vast desert.
Henderson Executive Airport (IATA: HSH, ICAO: KHND, FAA LID: HND) is a public use government airport located in Henderson, Nevada, 13 miles south of Las Vegas, in Clark County, Nevada. The airport is owned by the Clark County Commission and operated by the Clark County Department of Aviation. The FAA’s National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2009-2013 categorized it as a reliever airport.
It was founded by Arby Alper in 1967 on 912 acres purchased from the city of Henderson, and opened in 1970 as Sky Harbor Airport. Clark County bought the airport in 1996 and renamed it Henderson Executive Airport.
Most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, but Henderson Executive Airport is HND to the FAA and HSH to the IATA (which assigned HND to Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Japan). The airport’s ICAO identifier is KHND. (source: Wikipedia)
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