SOURCE: Los Angeles World Airports

December 02, 2008 01:04 ET

MEDIA ADVISORY: Van Nuys Airport's 80th Anniversary Celebration Honors Medical Flight Teams

VAN NUYS, CA--(Marketwire - December 2, 2008) -

WHAT:      Van Nuys Airport's 80th anniversary celebration, "Gift of
           Flight," will honor air ambulance operators and flight crews who
           provide time-critical medical transportation to save lives,
           including the Los Angeles Fire Department Air Operations Unit,
           Helinet Aviation and AIRescue International. The dinner event
           will pay special tribute to Helinet Aviation for donating a
           $1.7 million helicopter, six pilots on 24-hour standby,
           insurance and fuel to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles to improve
           medical team response times by 60 percent. Thousands of lives
           have been saved through the heroic, complex and often dangerous
           missions performed by these highly-trained flight crews.

WHEN:      Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

           5:30 p.m.    Reception and silent auction to benefit
                        Childrens Hospital Los Angeles

           6:30 p.m.    Remarks by Van Nuys Airport Manager Selena Birk and
                        Los Angeles World Airports Executive Director
                        Gina Marie Lindsey

           7:30 p.m.    Keynote address by Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
                        Emergency Transport Program Administrator
                        Judy Sherif

           8 p.m.       Awards presentations by Los Angeles City
                        Councilmember Tony Cárdenas

WHO:       Honorees:

           Alan Purwin, Helinet Aviation president and founder (Helinet
           Aviation provides a helicopter, dedicated flight crew, fuel
           and insurance at no cost to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles)

           Dr. Francine Vogler, AIRescue International medical director
           (AIRescue celebrates its 17th year of performing complex
           emergency medical missions across the globe in a range of

           Chief Joseph Foley, Los Angeles Fire Department Air Operations
           Unit commander (A select group of firefighters/paramedics
           perform advanced cardiac and pediatric life support,
           pre-hospital trauma life support and flight physiology in
           dedicated air ambulance helicopters)

           Some 200 San Fernando Valley business, civic and community
           leaders; airport tenants and aviation industry representatives;
           and local elected officials and staff will attend this free
           event. CBS 2 News Anchor Kent Shocknek will serve as master of

WHERE:     Pentastar Aviation hangar, 16644 Roscoe Blvd., Van Nuys
           (south of Balboa Boulevard)

CONTACTS:  News media should call at least 24 hours in advance for
           reserved parking and seating.

           Diana Sanchez, (818) 909-3529 or Stacy Geere, (818) 434-7633

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Diana Sanchez
    (818) 909-3529