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Monday, September 16, 2013

VAN NUYS AIRPORT CELEBRATED 85 YEARS ON AUGUST 31, 2013

For the guests that attended the day's festivities, it was a memorable occasion.

Guests were treated to a free event which included a bus ride and tour around the entire runway.  Dee Lewis, one of the docents, and a terrific one at that, provided many statistics (too many to write down in one sitting) such as there are approximately 330,000 take offs and landings each year at Van Nuys Airport (VNY).

Private jets of celebrities were moving around and about to be boarded.

The Van Nuys Rotary, Encino Chamber of Commerce and others acted as volunteers, served hamburgers, hot dogs, water and offered information about aviation.

A fun time whether you were an aviation buff or just a family wanting to explore this part of the valley.



                                            Photo credit: Michel Stevens

                                             Photo credit: LAWA


Additional history on Van Nuys Airport:


Located in the heart of the San Fernando Valley, Van Nuys Airport (VNY) ranks as one of the world's busiest general aviation airports. Dedicated to noncommercial air travel, VNY averages over 260,000 takeoffs and landings annually.

More than 100 businesses are located on the 730-acre airport, including five major fixed-base operators (FBOs): BaseNet, LLC/Jet Fleet International, Castle & Cooke Aviation, Clay Lacy Aviation, Maguire Aviation Group, and Signature Aviation. These operators provide aircraft storage and parking, aviation fuel, aircraft sales, flight instruction, aircraft charter and aircraft maintenance. Some of the FBOs also serve as major leaseholders of airport property, subletting land and buildings to other airport tenants.
 
VNY serves a vital purpose in reducing congestion and diminishing flight delays at Los Angeles International and other nearby airports. Contributing more than $1.3 billion each year to the Southern California economy, VNY creates jobs, promotes business and provides critical general aviation and emergency services. 

Business travelers and tourists using private, corporate and charter aircraft benefit from the airport's convenient proximity to city business, recreation and entertainment centers. The airport also provides a base and maintenance facilities for fire, police, air ambulance, search and rescue, and news media aircraft that serve the region.

Source: Los Angeles World Airports

2 comments:

mrpostcard@charter.net said...

What a terrific event. Thaank you

Gerald R. Fecht said...

Van Nuys Airport plays, and has played, an essential role in San Fernando Valley history.