Magnetic shifts prompt renumbering for runways at McCarran

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Las Vegas skyline shifts constantly, but airline pilots always could rely on landing at runways 7L/25R and 7R/25L at McCarran International Airport.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2veQ8WS ) airport spokesman Christine Crews says a geographical shift in the planet’s magnetic poles prompted the Federal Aviation Administration and airport officials to redesignate the runways last Wednesday as 8L/26R and 8R/26L.

The Federal Aviation Administration re-evaluates shifts in the poles every five years and renumbers any runways that have a magnetic shift of more than 3 degrees. The shift in Las Vegas was 4 degrees.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says it’s believed to be the first runway renumbering for the airport.

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