Nearly three weeks after announcing plans to open a Boston base, Part 135 operator GrandView Aviation said today it plans to open another at Van Nuys Airport (VNY) in Southern California in May. Like the Boston base, GrandView will place an Embraer Phenom 300 at VNY, which will be the third base the Baltimore, Maryland operator opens this year.
“We believe California will be well served by our fleet as there is a lack of new light jets [there] that can handle longer-range missions like the Phenom 300 can,” said GrandView COO Jessie Naor. “Our aircraft can fly nonstop from Los Angles to Chicago and, in very favorable wind conditions, to Miami. This kind of range is incredible in a light jet; most fliers would need to upgrade to a midsize jet for these destinations.”
GrandView owns a fleet of 10 Phenom 300s—three of which were acquired late last year—as well as Sikorsky S-76D and Bell 407GXi helicopters. Its other bases are in Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Baltimore; Chicago; Denver; and Phoenix.