Oct. 11, 2019
Pilots flying business aircraft to the 2019 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) in Las Vegas this month are encouraged to use the new Pacer tool to plan their departure.
Pacer offers pilots predictive departure data at Henderson Executive Airport (HND) and McCarran International Airport (LAS), and allows operators to submit an intended departure time, view demand information for the departure airport and make informed decisions about departure time.
“Pacer is a mobile app created by the MITRE Corporation, in collaboration with the FAA and NBAA,” said Heidi Williams, NBAA’s director of air traffic services and infrastructure. “It offers pilots operational insight to help plan their departure by presenting anticipated departures from a particular airport. The pilot can then adjust his or her planned departure time to take advantage of slower periods at the airport. Sometimes only a small change can make a significant difference in departure delays.”
The tool should help mitigate compacted departure demand during busy NBAA-BACE departure periods, but will also provide data so the FAA and pilots will have more accurate information for future planning.
“Pacer is a new tool in the toolbox that provides information both ways,” said Williams. “It provides transparency into planned departures, which is beneficial to both the FAA and aircraft operators and increases situational awareness for both parties.”
Pacer is not just an event-driven app – it is available to operators at HND and LAS year-round, and has also implemented at Dallas Love Field (DAL). Operators must first register for a free account at pacer.aero, and then may enter intended departure information to determine the best times to depart to reduce delays.