California’s Van Nuys Airport (KVNY) this week announced 18 aircraft operators as the recipients of its 2021 Friendly Flyer Awards. The awards are intended to honor general aviation companies and corporate flight departments that operate jets at reduced noise levels at KNVY.
To receive a recognition plaque, aircraft operators must comply with every mandatory noise abatement policy and have at least 99 percent adherence to voluntary noise-abatement policies. Operators were also rewarded for following the airport’s Quieter Nights program, which aims to reduce jet takeoffs and landings during nighttime hours.
Since 1981, KVNY has implemented programs to reduce noise from jet aircraft operations. It began its programs with a partial curfew for nighttime departure and in the last decade has aimed to phase out noisier jets. The airport has also implemented voluntary measures for noise reduction including the No Early Turn, Helicopter Route and Altitude Deviation, Quiet Jet Departure, and Quieter Nights programs.
“Van Nuys Airport is pleased to recognize the exceptional achievements of aircraft operators that continually strive to achieve meaningful noise reduction and address the concerns of airport neighbors,” VNY Airport Manager Flora Margheritis said.
The 2021 winners of the Friendly Flyer Awards are 601 Holdings; Aero Technologies; Chrysler Aviation; Executive Jet Management; Jet Aviation Flight Services; Jet Edge International; Jet Linx Aviation; Las Vegas LLC; Latitude 33 Aviation; Four Corners Aviation; Mountain Aviation; Regency Air; Sun Air Jets; Wheels Up Private Jets; Windairwest; Wonderful Citrus Aviation; Worldwide Jet Charter; and XCEL Jet.