Los Angeles World Airports’ (LAWA) Van Nuys Airport (VNY) in California recognized 36 general aviation companies on June 13 with its Friendly Flyer Awards for outstanding compliance with established noise abatement regulations and achieving at least 99 percent compliance with the airport’s voluntary noise abatement programs during calendar year 2018. “We congratulate and thank each of our award recipients for their commitment to quiet flying practices, which reduce noise and enhance the quality of life in our neighboring communities,” VNY manager Flora Margheritis said.
The voluntary Fly Friendly/Quiet Departure Program for jets was established in 1994. In 2012, LAWA created the Friendly Flyer Award to validate operators that not only complied with all noise abatement policies and procedures, but also adhered to the voluntary No Early Turn, Fly Friendly and Quiet Departure programs.
Among the 36 recipients were eight companies that were separately recognized as Friendly Flyer Legacy honorees. Legacy winners are those companies that have received Friendly Flyer awards since the recognition program’s inception. The 2018 Legacy honorees were: Clay Lacy Aviation, Dreamline Aviation, Flexjet, Flight Options, JetSuite, NetJets, Tutor-Saliba Corp., and XOJet.