The FBO community at California’s Van Nuys Airport, one of the most heavily used business aviation fields in the U.S., is seeing some upheaval with the announcement this morning that Signature Flight Support parent company BBA Aviation will acquire Maguire Aviation’s two FBOs at Van Nuys for $69 million. Subject to antitrust approvals, the deal is expected to be completed by year-end.
Cutter Aviation began operating its FBO at Van Nuys Airport yesterday. Cutter is operating the facility under a long-term management agreement with facility owner and legendary airshow pilot Bob Hoover. Pentastar Aviation previously operated the FBO. Tom Magglos, who used to manage the former Petersen Aviation FBO on the south side of Van Nuys Airport, is managing the new Cutter operation, which will undergo a multimillion-dollar renovation.
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.
An FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) issued to Trolltune promises to help operators of Gulfstream IIBs and GIIIs fly within strict noise limits at Van Nuys Airport (VNY) in Southern California. The STC isn’t a Stage 3 hush kit, explained Trolltune president Tom Storli, but limits maximum takeoff weight to 64,000 pounds, thus cutting takeoff noise by three decibels–to 79.8 from 82.8–enough to meet the new Van Nuys limit of 80 dBA. This limit is a City of Los Angeles ordinance that takes effect on January 1 next year.
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) North Valley Occupational Center/Aviation Center will continue to operate its training program at a leased Van Nuys facility, now that the FAA has confirmed that its $1-per-year lease is permitted by agency guidelines. The current lease expires on June 30.
The announcement follows months of behind-the-scenes negotiations led by LAUSD board member Nury Martinez, Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Van Nuys) and others to retain the LAUSD Aviation Center at Van Nuys Airport, where the lease cost had outstripped the school’s budget.
StandardAero Business Aviation is returning to Van Nuys Airport (VNY) in California. “StandardAero’s reestablished business aviation operation at VNY follows a decade-long absence from the location.
The Van Nuys Airport Association and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) on June 18 agreed to an updated Runway 16 Right reconstruction plan for Van Nuys Airport (VNY), Van Nuys, Calif.
Pentastar Aviation is now offering maintenance services at Key Air’s FBO facility at Waterbury-Oxford Airport (OXC) in Connecticut, following signature of an agreement earlier this spring. The company is operating out of a 20,000-sq-ft facility, with room to expand as demand dictates. The new location is Pentastar’s first foray into East Coast operations and joins the company’s facilities in Van Nuys, Calif., and its headquarters location in Waterford, Mich.
Wichita-based Mid-Continent Instruments has changed its name to Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics. The company says the new name better describes its capabilities and underscores its commitment to provide general aviation repair facilities with a range of services supporting avionics, instruments and power solutions. Services include custom design, manufacturing, overhaul/exchange and repair. The company’s Van Nuys, Calif. facility provides new instrument sales and instrument overhaul.
Cooke Aviation is planning a major renovation to its FBO at southern California’s Van Nuys Airport, including additional hangar and ramp space.