In 2009, Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger successfully
landed a commercial airliner on New York’s Hudson River that had sustained
engine failure after striking a flock of geese upon takeoff. Remarkably, all 150 passengers and five crew
members survived. This incident continues to draw public attention to the
threat of bird strikes faced by airports across the nation.
Don Schultz, a long-serving member of the VNY Citizens
Advisory Council (CAC), has retired from the volunteer advisory committee after
31 years of dedicated service. On December 1, the Board of Airport
Commissioners (BOAC) recognized Schultz for his dedication, and Airport Manager
Flora Margheritis presented Schultz with a certificate of commendation on
behalf of Los Angeles World Airports and local elected officials during the CAC
meeting on October 6.
Santa is checking his list twice for nearly 400 students at
Gault Street Elementary School in Van Nuys who are eagerly awaiting his arrival
on December 15! Santa and his ground
crew, featuring a lively snowman and reindeer, will arrive in style on the
school playground in a convoy of classic cars to spread holiday cheer and
distribute surprise gifts to the student audience.
Do you know the difference between general aviation and
commercial airports? What happens behind the hangar doors at the world’s
busiest general aviation airport? What famous flyers and record-breaking
flights are found in VNY’s 88-year history?
In an effort to
further address and mitigate concerns of airport safety, LAWA and VNY tenants
have laid the foundation for the creation of a Safety and Security Committee
for members of the VNY aviation community.
The Civil Air Patrol’s
(CAP) Los Angeles County Group 1 recently honored three members of the VNY-based
Hawker Senior Squadron 128 for excellence. The squadron houses a specially-equipped
Cessna 182 Skylane on the airfield to maintain mission readiness.
On November 18, Clay Lacy Aviation hosted a celebration of life event honoring famous military test and aerobatic stunt pilot Bob Hoover. More than 1,000 guests shared fond remembrances and viewed flyovers honoring Hoover, who died on Oct. 25 at age 94. Hoover was a friend of VNY and made an indelible impact on the global aviation industry. A member of the National Aviation Hall
of Fame, he flew over 300 aircraft types and flight tested or flew nearly every type of fighter aircraft.
September, Clay Lacy Aviation announced that will merge with Key Air, an
aircraft management and charter company based in Oxford, Connecticut. Their
combined resources will benefit new and current clients with expanded
support services and access to a nationwide charter fleet.
Van Nuys Airport urges pilots to comply with its “No Early Turn” policy to proactively reduce the impact of airport operations on the community. With 24-hour monitoring, this noise mitigation program detects pilots who turn too early after departure and fly over adjacent residential areas.
FAA to Provide
Upgrade to Electrical Lines
In the interests of
maintaining the continuing standard for operational safety at VNY, the FAA has
announced that it will be implementing an improvement project which involves
upgrading the electrical lines that support the airport’s navigational aids and
Mid Valley YMCA to Honor VNY Public & Community
Relations Director at Annual Gala
Diana Sanchez, VNY’s
Public & Community Relations Director, is an active community partner and a
leader in local outreach and educational initiatives. In recognition of her
efforts, Sanchez will be an honored recipie
A Message from the
On June 28, Flora
Margheritis was appointed interim manager of Van Nuys Airport (VNY). During her
nearly 25-year tenure with Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), her career has
included extensive, varied and progressively challenging assignments.
Margheritis arrived at