SOURCE: Los Angeles World Airports

April 26, 2008 14:00 ET

Van Nuys Airport Marks 80th Birthday With Aviation Community Day

Event Gives the Public an Insider's Look at the World of General Aviation

VAN NUYS, CA--(Marketwire - April 26, 2008) - Marking its 80th birthday in 2008 as a leader in aviation, business and community service, Van Nuys Airport (VNY) today culminated Aviation Week with a Community Day that offered an insider's look at the world's busiest general aviation airport, along with aircraft displays and interactive demonstrations.

Held at the Airtel Plaza Hotel and co-hosted by the hotel and the Encino Chamber of Commerce, VNY's Community Day highlights included airfield tours, static displays of vintage Condor Squadron AT-6 Texan aircraft and a Group 3 Aviation helicopter, a "Super Science" area for hands-on experiments and interactive demonstrations, and exhibits and displays from various aviation companies and organizations.

"Community Day and VNY's other Aviation Week events served as our way to thank the community for its partnership over our amazing history and to highlight the airport's community and educational programs that enhance public education, build stronger relationships with our neighbors, facilitate aviation-related career and training opportunities, and more," said VNY Manager Selena Birk.

As part of Aviation Week, on April 24 VNY hosted a free public screening of "One Six Right," an acclaimed documentary about the airport's storied history. For the next generation, Aviation Career Day took place on April 25 to introduce middle and high school students to the world of aviation, along with career opportunities. In addition, on April 22, VNY and the Rotary Club of Van Nuys sponsored an event to recognize the first annual group of VNY "Young Achievers," local middle school students selected for excelling in academics, athletics, the arts and community service/leadership.

"In addition to educating adults about the exciting world of general aviation, we believe these types of programs will lay the foundation for a bright future for today's youth and enhance the development of an educated, dedicated workforce for decades to come," Birk added.

For those who missed Aviation Week activities, VNY provides 90-minute guided tours for groups of 15 or more on weekdays and select Saturdays. Knowledgeable guides take visitors on a captivating journey through aviation past and present, providing a close-up look at a variety of aircraft and many activities of aviation companies and airport operations.

The airport also offers expert speakers who provide free presentations on numerous airport-related topics to homeowners groups, business associations, service clubs, schools and other community organizations. To reserve a tour or request a speaker, call (818) 909-3529.

Local students interested in aviation are encouraged to apply for the 2008 Aviation Careers Education (ACE) Academy. This free weeklong motivational program provides selected San Fernando Valley middle and high school students with the opportunity to learn about operations at VNY and Los Angeles International Airport and about career possibilities in aviation and aerospace. The summer 2008 middle school ACE Academy starts July 28, and the high school program starts Aug. 11. For an application, visit www.lawa.org/vny/educProg.cfm or call (818) 909-3529.

As the world's busiest general aviation airport, VNY averages close to 400,000 takeoffs and landings annually. Dedicated to noncommercial air travel, VNY meets corporate, private and government aviation needs -- in the process providing vital aviation services, enhancing efficiency at the region's commercial airports, creating jobs and promoting business.

A 2007 economic study showed that VNY contributes more than $1.3 billion annually to the Southern California economy, supports over 12,300 jobs and generates an annual earnings impact of about $707 million.

VNY is one of four airports (including Los Angeles International, LA/Ontario International and LA/Palmdale Regional) owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.lawa.org/vny.

Contact Information

  • Contact:

    DIANA SANCHEZ
    (818) 909-3529