On July 1, Aeroplex/Aerolease Group broke ground on a $7.5 million, 3-acre development project at VNY featuring exclusive hangar, office, shop and private terminal areas. The new facility will complement the company’s adjacent 6-acre leasehold that was developed in 2008 as a private aviation center.
Encompassing 123,162 square feet, the development improvements will include:
“Aeroplex/Aerolease Group is proud to serve as one of Van Nuys Airport’s longest-standing tenants and a vital contributor to the local economy,” said company CEO Curt Castagna. “This new development will not only create approximately 100 high-skilled jobs, but continue our 40-year history of serving business aviation’s diverse needs.”
Scheduled for completion in March 2017, the development honors the legacy of the late Milton A. Widelitz, who founded Aeroplex/Aerolease Group in 1977 and helped form the non-profit Van Nuys Airport Association in 1982. He was a strong supporter of preserving airport jobs and businesses, as well providing educational opportunities for future aviation professionals.
The High Altitude Supplemental Oxygen (HASO) Working Group is a collaboration of business aviation professionals with an interest in addressing the challenges of complying with Code of Federal Regulation 91.211, the regulation that mandates pilots' use of supplemental oxygen in aircraft operating in altitudes above 41,000 feet.
This group of dedicated pilots, operators, NBAA representatives, OEM representatives and aerospace physiology experts are passionately working to understand the hazards inadvertently introduced to the cockpit by this regulation, and through a data-driven process develop alternative means of compliance.
The primary objective of the HASO Working Group is to provide a risk-based recommendation to the Federal Aviation Administration for operations above 41,000 feet in aircraft certified to a ceiling of 51,000 feet. This group's recommendations will be based on risk analysis as it applies to a comprehensive evaluation of all exposure to hazards above 41,000 feet.
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(Van Nuys, California – April 1, 2016) Today, Congressman Tony Cardenas, Councilwoman Nury Martinez, Los Angeles Unified School District Board Member Scott Schmerelson, and Board of Airport Commissioner Jeffery Daar, welcomed over 1,200 local high school students and 45 aviation industry experts to Van Nuys Airport for the 11th annual, “The Sky’s the Limit: Aviation Career Day”. The event was hosted by MP Aero, Van Nuys Airport (VNY), Los Angeles City Councilmember Nury Martinez and The Valley Economic Alliance.
“In order for the U.S. to continue being a global leader, we must connect our communities to resources and opportunities in key industries such as the aviation and aerospace field. By encouraging our young generations to seek a career in such fields, we are, in turn, building a framework of innovative professionals that will drive our country forward to a better future,” said Congressman Tony Cardenas. Los Angeles City Councilwoman (CD6) Nury Martinez added, "This is an important event for the young people of the San Fernando Valley and beyond. This shows students that there is a wide array of aviation related careers for them to explore. I will do whatever I can to give kids good career options and an avenue to pursue their dreams.”
Students in attendance were provided a behind the scenes airport tour, took part in interactive exhibits and viewed aircraft displays including an EA-18 Growler, Condor Squadron’s AT-6, Los Angeles Fire Department Air Rescue Unit, and Van Nuys Airport major tenants including Clay Lacy, Signature Flight Support, Western Jet and the North Valley Occupational Center.
“This event is inspiring! It makes us realize we can really make connections and get new blood to fuel the future of the aviation community,” said Moses Robles, 17, from Santa Clarita Valley International Charter School.
About Van Nuys Airport:
VNY is one of three airports owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), a self-supporting branch of the City of Los Angeles, governed by a seven-member Board of Airport Commissioners who are appointed by the mayor and approved by the Los Angeles City Council.
One of the world's busiest general aviation airports, VNY serves as a valued San Fernando Valley resource, providing ongoing leadership in general aviation, business and community service. Dedicated to noncommercial air travel, VNY had over 217,000 operations in 2015. More than 100 businesses are located on the 730-acre airport, including three major fixed-base operators and numerous aviation service companies.
Annually, the airport contributes approximately $1.3 billion to the Southern California economy and supports over 12,000 jobs. In addition, VNY provides programs to benefit local residents, along with educational initiatives and aviation-related career and training opportunities. For more information, visit lawa.org/vny, like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/VNYOfficial, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/VanNuysAirport and Instagram at instagram.com/vannuysairport.
We are happy to say 2015 was a successful and exciting year for SCAA's Mentorship Committee. Our mentors have successfully guided numerous aviation students on their path. Some students were also given the opportunity to engulf themselves in the industry as interns.
In addition to our Mentor and Internship Programs, students, and aspiring students had multiple opportunities to mingle with mentors and industry professionals during SCAA's Mentorship Roundtables. Our events are geared specifically to immerse students in the exciting field of aviation. The roundtables draw students from all around Southern California and are hosted at local airfields around the area so students can experience, first-hand, the excitement and opportunity this industry offers.
To ensure that we are reaching all students who share a passion and desire to work in aviation, our Mentor Committee will be expanding outreach through the following programs:
Lastly, we will hold two BIG events this year. As always, we will hold our Annual Roundtable Event where students and Mentors can come together, ask questions and learn about the industry. Attendees can enjoy static aircraft displays, talk with industry professionals and peruse the booths of general aviation companies and job opportunities. Additionally, we will hold one other event that supports our Immersion Program. A sponsor business or aviation academy will open up it's facilities for students to walk-thru, aiding in the excitement and passion for the industry.
Van Nuys Airport (VNY) strives to balance the needs of business aviation and those of the surrounding community. In the airport’s 88 year history, VNY has implemented both voluntary and mandatory noise abatement programs with all stakeholders in mind. VNY reminds pilots and aviation organizations to Fly Friendly and follow the “No Early Turn Program” which requests pilots to fly out the basin before turning to avoid flying over homes. January 1, 2016 marked the final milestone of VNY’s Noisier Aircraft Phase Out Ordinance 181,106.
Aircraft with departure noise levels at or above 77dBA are no longer allowed to depart from VNY.
It is recommended that all tenants, subtenants, airport stakeholders and users re-familiarize themselves with the restrictions contained within the VNY Airport Curfew and Noise Abatement Ordinances.
As of January 1, 2016 the following sections of Ordinance 181,106 became effective and will be enforced by the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office:
· Ordinance 181,106; Section 5.2 (d); Aircraft with takeoff noise levels of 77dBA or greater may no longer depart VNY.
· Ordinance 181,106; Section 5.3(g)(2); Exemptions provided for certain civilian-owned military type aircraft are no longer in effect.
· Ordinance 181,106; Section 5.3 (h); Exemptions provided for “phased out” aircraft to conduct certain maintenance or repair operations no longer apply.
The various noise abatement ordinances adopted by the Los Angeles City Council have been instrumental over the years in reducing the noise levels around VNY. The ordinance numbers are 155,727; 171,889; 173,215 and 181,106.
The signed ordinances may be reviewed by clicking the links below:
Last June, the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners formalized VNY’s “No Early Turn” policy for fixed-wing aircraft to help alleviate the impact of airport operations on the community. Under the “No Early Turn” policy:
· Pilots departing Runways 16L and 16R are requested to fly runway heading until reaching the Sepulveda Flood Control Basin (south of Victory Boulevard) before initiating any turns.
· Pilots departing Runways 34L and 34R are requested to fly runway heading until reaching an altitude of 1,800’ mean sea level before initiating any turns.
· All operations are ultimately subject to instructions provided by Air Traffic Control.
To meet the challenge of aircraft noise, VNY has also conducted outreach to regional flight schools, added a “No Early Turn” message on its blast fence and inserted “No Early Turn” instructions in the Airport Facility Directory. VNY is also developing an updated Pilot Guide that will depict new visual landmarks, noise sensitive areas and noise abatement procedures to aid pilots. The program specifications and pilot material can be found at www.lawa.org/noearlyturns.
“Addressing community noise concerns requires a collaborative effort among aircraft operators, airport sponsors, and both based and transient pilots,” said VNY Manager Jess Romo. “Not only does flying quietly protect the interests of local residents, it safeguards the social and economic benefits generated by Van Nuys Airport.”
With more than 100 businesses and three major fixed base operators, the airport contributes an annual estimated $1.3 billion to the Southern California economy and supports over 12,000 jobs. At 730 acres, and more than 238,000 annual operations in 2014, VNY is not only diligent with noise concerns but the safety of the airport and our community. VNY has on-site 24/7 operations personnel and Airport Police Bureau, a six-story F.A.A. control tower running from 6 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. daily, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility, and its own Fire Station #114 providing crash, fire and rescue services in the event of an emergency on premises and in surrounding regions.
For more information on VNY’s voluntary and mandatory noise abatement programs and pilot information, visit the airport’s main website at www.lawa.org/welcomeVNY.
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A big thank you to everyone who helped make the NBAA Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Las Vegas a tremendous success! The exhibit hall and static display were buzzing with energy and the promise of new business from over 27,000 in attendance.
The Federal Aviation Administration determined the Santa Monica Airport must operate until 2023. The ruling was issued in response to a formal complaint filed by airport tenants, NBAA and others, and counters the City’s claims that FAA grant assurances expired in June 2014. Grant assurances are part of a contract between the City and the FAA for federal dollars invested in airport improvements. They bind the City to operate the airport for the public in a safe, non-‐discriminatory manner for a minimum of 20 years after the funds are received. The City has the right to appeal the FAA’s decision. In the meantime, Santa Monica Airport must remain open for business.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) reached out to aviation stakeholders in response to Governor Brown’s Executive Order B-‐30-‐15 concerning climate change. CARB is seeking information from airports and aircraft operators on available technologies and methods to reduce emissions by both aircraft and ground services equipment. NBAA participated in two stakeholder meetings in Sacramento to assure the agency understands FAA’s preemptive authority over aircraft emission standards, and we continue to work alongside airports, airlines and industry groups to help minimize impacts of any proposed mandates stemming from the Governor’s agenda. We welcome member input during this process, especially from our FBO members who may be affected.
The number one political priority for business aviation in 2016 is FAA Reauthorization. You will continue to hear regularly from Ed Bolen and our Government Affairs team encouraging your engagement with California representatives in Washington to oppose the latest movement to corporatize our nation’s Air Traffic Organization, and fund it with per-‐ flight user fees. The rhetoric from airlines and their supporters is streaming at full volume. Business aviation must continue to push back harder and longer to control the debate. NBAA’s Contact Congress Link https://www.nbaa.org/advocacy/contact/ is easy to use. You can make a difference.
Best wishes in the New Year!
Stacy Howard. NBAA Western Regional Representative
The Southern California Aviation Association (SCAA) will hold its annual Safety Standdown Day on September 14 in Carlsbad, Calif., beginning at 8 a.m. Registration is required, and the event costs $95 for SCAA members and $145 for nonmembers.
This year’s speakers include Scott Turner from American Airlines, who will address how pilots can avoid accepting mediocrity during training by holding themselves to a higher standard. FlightSafety International’s Dann Runik, developer of that organization’s Upset Prevention and Recovery Training program, will lead another session about the importance of standardization. Runik will focus on some of the common misconceptions about standardization, while providing examples of the difficulties that often arise when trying to create a standardized flight department.
Sunshine McCarthy, vice president of education at the SCAA Safety Standown main sponsor Baldwin Safety &Compliance, will present a dynamic discussion on safey culture. Before the standdown, participants will be asked to complete a safety culture survey; those results will help to establish the foundation for this session.
Daniel Mollicone, Ph.D., of Pulsar Informatics, rounds out the day by focusing on proactive approaches to reduce human fatigue in aviation operations. Mollicone will look at a few pragmatic reasons for fatigue reduction, including reducing potential negative health impacts, as well as reducing the risk of automobile accidents when driving home after a flight assignment.
NBAA SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA UPDATE
On June 15 House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman, Bill Shuster, announced his intentions to include provisions for a new privatized air traffic control system in his FAA Funding Reauthorization bill. NBAA openly opposes removing the nation’s airspace from protection by Congress, and placing it in the hands of a private, self-interested Board of Directors. On June 22 NBAA president, Ed Bolen, issued a Call to Action asking members to contact congress to express their concern and opposition to a privatized air traffic control system funded by user fees. To learn more about Shuster’s proposal and the threat it would bring to business aviation operations, visit our Contact Congress webpage at http://www.nbaa.org/advocacy/contact/. Here you can also access a quick link to your congressional representative and email your concerns.
California Legislative Action
In December last year, FAA Compliance Director Randy Fiertz, issued a clarification of FAA policy concerning sales tax on aviation fuels. The policy makes it clear that all state and local taxes collected from aviation fuel sales on airports must be used for aviation purposes. California State Senator Mike McGuire introduced SB 747 to bring California into compliance with FAA policy, and assure state jet fuel and avgas taxes would be directed into the State Aviation Fund and used for airport improvements. SB 747 would stop the diversion of aviation fuel tax dollars into the state general fund. The bill did not move through all its assigned committees during the 2014-15 session, but it is still under study by legislators with input from NBAA and other industry users, and is expected to move forward in the 2015-16 session.
In June NBAA and other aviation associations helped defeat Representative Adam Schiff’s amendment to the Transportation and Housing appropriation to place a night curfew on the Burbank Airport. “Such a precedent would open the floodgates to … a patchwork of confusing and complex operations restrictions across the country” NBAA explained in a letter to the committee.
At a meeting of the SMO City Council last spring, Congressional Reps Liue and Bass pledged to arrange a meeting with FAA for Council members. That meeting is scheduled to take place July 8 in Washington DC, and representatives from the Santa Monica Airport Association as well as anti-airport stakeholders have been invited to participate.
Regional Forum in Van Nuys
NBAA’s Meetings and Conventions team met with members of the Van Nuys Airport Association and LAWA to begin planning a Regional Forum for 2016. Van Nuys Forums have always been well attended, and the growing need for space means more careful coordination to assure ease of access to the Forum with minimum impacts to VNY normal operations.
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