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Amanda Hernandez, Reporter

Aviation Director Calling for Reforms

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"I think the regulatory process on airport systems need to be revisited in the coming weeks," said Walker. "I think the regulatory process on airport systems need to be revisited in the coming weeks," said Walker.

Earlier this year, Forbes Magazine called North Las Vegas Airport the most dangerous in the country. Now the county's aviation director says he is calling for a change, no longer allowing experimental aircraft around inner city airports.

At the time of the report, there had already been 63 runway incursions since 2001 resulting in six deaths. Since that time, we have seen one plane leave the airport and crash into Mount Charleston and now this deadly crash into nearby homes.

The plane did not make it far from the airport before it became a deadly ball of fire, destroying a home in a near by neighborhood. Homes and businesses surround the North Las Vegas Airport automatically raising the stakes on any crash in the area.

Clark County Aviation Director Randy Walker says he has called for homemade planes to not be allowed to use the airport and plans to ask for it again.

"I think the regulatory process on airport systems need to be revisited in the coming weeks. I am going to ask to meet with the members of our congressional delegation to see if something can be done," he said.

Walker would like to have the system changed allowing airports to make the call on what aircraft are better suited for the area.

He would like to see experimental planes, including those like the one involved in Friday's crash, no longer be allowed at any of the inner city airports but rather be kept to rural airports were the population is less dense.

Walker says moves to make changes have been blocked by pilot groups, but he says that this crash is evidence that something needs to be done.

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