The Aircraft Mechanics Program at Southern California’s Van Nuys Airport, a vital part of the local aviation community for more than 30 years, was almost forced to close its doors this year when its rent rose to $12,000 per month. Established by the Los Angeles Unified School District, and run by the district’s North Valley Occupational Center, the school trains nearly 200 students a year in airframe and powerplant maintenance.
Tenants at Van Nuys Airport (VNY) in Southern California are upset that their rental rates keep increasing while the California economy continues to deteriorate, airport businesses close or move away and operations at the airport decline.
Los Angeles Worlds Airports (LAWA) first proposed phasing out jets that meet Stage 2 noise restrictions at Van Nuys Airport in 1990. According to NBAA, new efforts by LAWA to implement that phase-out must be subject to FAA review or approval because too much time has passed since the proposal was originally floated in 1990.
Chances of the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station in Orange County, Calif., becoming a vital part of the National Airspace System–seemingly killed by a referendum last year–have been revived by a city of Los Angeles proposal. The proposal would have the federal government retain the base and lease it to Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), operator of Los Angeles International, Van Nuys, Palmdale and Ontario international airports.
In a bid to cut traffic at Teterboro Airport, N.J., airport operator The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is proposing a four-pronged assault that would ban Stage 2 aircraft, ban the Federal Reserve from flying checks at night, ban aircraft with an mtow of more than 80,000 pounds (20,000 less than the current limit) and raise landing fees. The move comes hot on the heels of victory in the U.S.
Van Nuys Airport, Calif., the busiest general aviation airfield in the world and already subject to a noise curfew applicable to Stage 2 and “noisier” Stage 3 airplanes, is now the target of an “attempt to implement multiple proposed noise and access restrictions,” according to Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the operating authority for VNY.
Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is busy trying to figure out how to hasten the phaseout of Stage 2 business jets at Van Nuys Airport (VNY). The L.A. Board of Airport Commissioners directed VNY operator LAWA to pursue a program that is provided for under what the board claims is a grandfather clause in federal law whereby Stage 2 operations would be phased out over a seven-year period.
On February 1, LAWA, which owns and operates Van Nuys, issued a request for proposal for demolition of existing buildings and development of a new facility at 16200 Daily Drive, location of The Jet Center, a former Garrett Aviation Services completions and refurb facility.
Stage 2 jets are under attack again at Van Nuys Airport (VNY) in Southern California. The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners directed Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), which operates VNY, to consider an alternative to spur elimination of Stage 2 jet operations.