SOURCE: Los Angeles World Airports

August 03, 2006 19:01 ET

Local Students Participate in Van Nuys Airport's Third Annual Summer Aviation Program

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 3, 2006 --

WHAT: San Fernando Valley students from 8 local high schools will participate in Van Nuys Airport's Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy, a weeklong motivational program designed to provide an understanding of career opportunities and operations at both Van Nuys and Los Angeles International Airports. Students will get a behind-the-scenes look at airport facilities and meet employees from a wide variety of trade and professional occupations as they tour Van Nuys Airport (VNY) and visit the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic control tower, helicopter facilities and aviation companies specializing in corporate flight operations. The week's activities will also include visits to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Naval Air Station Pt. Mugu and the Boeing Company in Long Beach. An excellent opportunity for interactive visuals.


--  Eleven local high school students (selection based on merit)
--  Airport professionals representing various trades and occupations
--  VNY and LAX officials/employees
WHEN: Mon., August 07 - Fri., August 11, Student activities will include:

Mon., 8:15 a.m. - 4 p.m.- VNY Airport tours of Castle and Cooke Aviation,
                          Pacific Forecasting, Jet Propulsion Laboratory,
                          and more.
Tue., 8:15 a.m. - 4 p.m.- LAX airfield tour, Tomorrow's
                          Aeronautical Museum Flight Path Learning
                          Center and Encounter Restaurant.
Wed., 8:15 a.m. - 4 p.m.- LAX day at Southwest Airlines, U.S. Drug
                          Enforcement Agency tour.
Thu., 8:15 a.m. - 4 p.m.- Long Beach Airport tour, Alteon Boeing
                          Facility training facility tour, Long Beach
                          Sheriff Air Rescue Unit tour.
Fri., 8:15 a.m. - 5 p.m.- Tour VNY Air Traffic Control Tower, North Valley
                          Occupational Center, JetCopter, Raytheon, LAFD
                          Helicopter Unit, Hollywood Aviators Flight
                          School & Simulator, and graduation ceremony at
                          VNY's Airtel Plaza Hotel.

WHERE:  Various locations at Van Nuys Airport - (Thomas Guide p. 531, E-4)
        Administrative Offices: 16461 Sherman Way, Van Nuys 91406
Media should call in advance for access to VNY airfield tours and all other program activities.