• 10 Jan 2017 1:29 PM | Anonymous

  • 06 Jan 2017 12:35 PM | Anonymous

    A new report released by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) reaffirms that Van Nuys Airport (VNY) continues to be a major economic engine for the San Fernando Valley and the greater Los Angeles area. The latest study finds that VNY contributed more than $2 billion in business activity to the L.A. county economy in fiscal year 2015. 

    The study confirms the airport’s economic impacts include: 

    • 10,480 jobs; 

    • $674.6 million in labor income; 

    • $2.0 billion in business revenues; and 

    • $295.3 million in local, state and federal tax revenues 

    Van Nuys Airport will be spending $63.9 million on Airport Capital Improvement Projects (ACIP) and non-ACIP projects through 2022 to meet future aviation needs in Southern California. The study estimates that the economic impacts of capital improvement projects include: 

    • 670 jobs; 

    • $37.2 million in labor income; 

    • $107.5 million in business revenues; and 

    • $13.0 million in local, state and federal tax revenues. 

    Investments by airport tenants in facilities at VNY is also resulting in positive returns. The study estimates that for every $1 million spent on capital improvement projects, there will be positive economic impacts of $583,000 in labor income, a total of $1,682,300 in business revenue and a total of local state and federal taxes of $202,700. 

    Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez said, “Our airport is a valuable infrastructure asset that provides business growth, job creation and economic vitality for both the Valley and the entire region. With the airport’s nearly 90-year legacy of economic contributions and serving as a good neighbor, I am pleased to see my district and constituents continue to reap tangible benefits.” 

    “VNY plays a critical role in Southern California by providing good paying jobs and generating business revenues that benefit our neighboring communities,” said Los Angeles World Airports Commissioner Jeffery J. Daar. “As Los Angeles’ No. 1 business airport and a world-class general aviation facility, we are proud of VNY’s significant positive contributions to our region.” 

    Los Angeles World Airports CEO Deborah Flint said, “We take our responsibility as long term stewards of this critical community asset very seriously. The LAEDC’s findings reinforces LAWA’s commitment to safely and securely bring people together, connect L.A. with a global society - while enriching the quality of life for individual travelers, the community and the region.” 

    In 2015, VNY had approximately 217,000 operations, which generated operating revenue of nearly $16.9 million, including building and land rentals. The study estimated that approximately 32,000 visitors arrived in Los Angeles County through the airport with an economic impact of $9.1 million and supported 90 jobs with a labor income of $3.7 million. 

    VNY is one of two 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.

  • 01 Jan 2017 9:40 AM | Anonymous

    Dear valued ASMP/MVOP Stakeholders,

    With several changes to the ASMP/MVOP material beginning in January 2017, VNY Airport Operations wants to ensure that all participating companies in the ASMP/MVOP Program at VNY Airport are properly informed. Please see the below list for changes to the ASMP/MVOP Programs.

    The primary changes for the ASMP/MVOP Program in 2017 are:

    • Wayne Britton, Airport Superintendent of Operations II at VNY, will be the new MVOP program coordinator and he will be assisted by Lowell Carson. Please continue to use the VNY MVOP email address ( for all MVOP related inquiries and test scheduling.
    • All VNY vehicle permits will expire February 28, 2017. New ASMP/MVOP company applications will be distributed in January which all eligible companies will be required to complete in order to maintain ASMP/MVOP access. Further details will be distributed to eligible VNY Master and Subtenants shortly.
    • Revised Study Guides for the ASMP and MVOP program will be posted in early January which can be located at:
    • Revised PowerPoint Presentation for the ASMP program will be posted in early January and will be located at: Please contact the MVOP Program Administrator with if you have any questions that you would like to address at Thank you for your continued diligence with the VNY ASMP/MVOP program and your determination alongside LAWA to minimize Surface Deviations and Runway Incursions at Van Nuys Airport.


    VNY MVOP Program Team


  • 01 Dec 2016 5:30 AM | Anonymous  


    • Based on 2015 activity, the airport contributes $2 billion to the local economy, supports 10,450 jobs and generates $673.4 million in labor income annually.
    • VNY is a tax generator, not a tax user, and produces $170.1 million in federal and $124.7 million in state and local taxes per year.
    • On average, every $1 million spent on capital improvement projects at VNY will have an economic impact of 10 jobs, $582.8 thousand in labor income, $1.7 million in business revenue and $70.3 thousand in state and local taxes.
    • According to the study, VNY tenants are in the midst of capital improvement projects valued at $43.4 million. Including the new Jet Aviation facility, they have committed to a total of $65 million in new development projects over the next eight years.  
    • Employment figures are broken down by industry, not by specific occupations.  A minor change in the distribution of jobs has resulted in fewer low-level jobs and an increase in higher-paying administrative and professional jobs. 
    • Overall, VNY’s total economic impact increased from $1.3 billion in 2007 to $2 billion in 2015. The airport continues to be a major contributor to the economy in terms of jobs and output.

     (Note: A change in the structure of traditional aviation employment may be attributed to advances in technology and technical skills. Therefore, higher-paying jobs are generating the largest impact. It is difficult to pinpoint the cause of these changes and they could be related to several factors – for example, the value of the dollar has changed and the airport was in the midst of a recession 10 years ago).


    • LAEDC utilized IMPLAN software to capture a snapshot of the impacts of multiple businesses located on one site. It is more robust than the older RIMS II system used in the 2007 report, which is being phased out. 
    • For consistency, LAEDC used the same methodology for both the LAX and VNY economic impact studies (as well as for the Bob Hope Airport economic impact study issued in 2014).

    IMPLAN relies on government-reported payroll data and uses survey data for comparability. This eliminates any possible errors in self-reporting and the information is highly defensible.

  • 29 Sep 2016 4:31 PM | Anonymous

    In the interests of maintaining the continuing standard for operational safety at VNY, the FAA has announced that it will be implementing an improvement project which involves upgrading the electrical lines that support the airport’s navigational aids and air traffic control systems. 

    This project will see improvements made to the existing lines which have reached their usable life expectancy. The project will begin on September 22 and last approximately 8 weeks. The Airport Operations department and the FAA developed a plan involving 7 nighttime runway closures of 16R, planned between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. This plan will allow peak daytime operations and airport services to continue without interruption.  

    The planned night-time 16R closure dates are: September 26-27 and October 10-14. VNY is committed to working in partnership with the tenants while supporting the FAA’s upgrades to our critical systems, and upholding the standard of safety and efficiency at VNY’s world-class general aviation facilities.

  • 29 Sep 2016 4:24 PM | Anonymous

  • 29 Sep 2016 4:19 PM | Anonymous

    With 19 years of aviation experience – all focused on the Southern California airport community – Jesus “Jess” Romo was named the new director of Long Beach Airport at the end of July by City Manager Patrick West.


    Romo was born in Los Angeles and grew up in La Puente in the heart of the San Gabriel Valley. He attended public schools in the area all the way through high school and went on to earn a bachelors degree in psychology from the University of California, Irvine in 1984.‘New-Adventure’

  • 29 Sep 2016 3:49 PM | Anonymous

    NBAA Western Region Update – Summer 2016

    Thanks to the people and businesses that helped make the 2016 Regional Forum in Van Nuys a success. We set a record with 2,000 in attendance, 145 exhibitors and 20 business aircraft on display.  It was a good networking and business building opportunity for those who took advantage, and we at NBAA truly appreciate your support for the Forum.

    One of the best things about SCAA is your engagement with the business aviation industry through safety days, career days, scholarships and mentoring programs; helping build a better, safer, stronger aviation community. The work SCAA does is what the NBAA Safety Committee means when it talks about Safety Leadership; and sets the bar for Regional Groups just beginning to venture into career building and mentoring arenas.  NBAA is proud to be a sponsor for the SCAA Safety Standdown.  And to assist Regional Groups and NBAA members with their career outreach programs, we recently developed new Resources for managers who want to use internships to help build their talent pool.

    The Los Angeles Area Helicopter Noise Coalition (LAAHNC), a collection of home-owner groups, filed four petitions for FAA rulemaking last October.  The petitions asked FAA to create a Special Flight Rules Area (SFAR) over the Los Angeles basin placing restrictions on altitudes, flight paths, hover times, and news helicopters.  FAA denied all four petitions, citing safety concerns and progress achieved by the Region’s helicopter working group.  In June LAAHNC filed for reconsideration of their petitions.  The Professional Helicopter Pilots Association, Los Angeles Area Helicopter Operators Association, and NBAA will collaborate with FAA to assure continued safe and efficient helicopter access to Southern California airspace.

    On August 23 the Santa Monica City Council passed a Resolution to close their municipal airport in 2018. FAA’s Part 16 final determination that the City remains obligated by its Airport Improvement Program Grant Assurances until 2023 were part of the inspiration for the Council’s act.  In addition, there is a pending Federal Court case which will determine the further longevity of the airport. I advise users and tenants to remain steadfast in their use and support for SMO. 

    NBAA would like express appreciation to each of you who contacted Congress to voice your objections to de facto airline control of air traffic in the United States. I wish recent articles like the one in Breaking Travel News, describing the economic damage and disruptions caused by 167 Air Traffic Control strikes in Europe would convince Transportation Chairman Shuster to drop his argument for separating the Air Traffic Organization from FAA.  NBAA asks members to stand ready to take up the fight again in 2017 when the new Congress convenes.

    Stacy Howard

  • 29 Sep 2016 3:46 PM | Anonymous

    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: 

    • 38,000 square feet of hangar space to accommodate a full range of business aircraft, turbo-props and executive jets
    • 8,500 square feet of shop, office and terminal space with luxurious conference, kitchen and lounge facilities that can be fully customized and have the latest security systems
    • Over 55,000 square feet of new aircraft ramp and staging areas
    • A private, gated and secure area to accommodate over 45 vehicles

    “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. 

  • 29 Sep 2016 3:42 PM | Anonymous

    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.

    Please take 5 minutes to complete this anonymous survey.  Your candid response will help HASO's efforts in achieving higher standards of safety in business aircraft operations.

    Thank you in advance.

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