02/18/2015 12:00 AM

Van Nuys High School Students Shadow VNY Aviation Experts


(Van Nuys, California – February 18, 2015) Today, 41 students from Van Nuys High School learned about various exciting aviation career paths through hands-on activities at Van Nuys Airport (VNY). Groundhog Job Shadow Day is held in partnership with Junior Achievement of Southern California and airport tenants

Students began their day with a tour of the airfield before shadowing various businesses located on the airfield including Aerolease, Castle & Cooke, Clay Lacy, Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) Fire Station #114, MP Aero, North Valley Occupational Center, Rotor FX, Skybird Aviation, Signature Flight Support, TWC Aviation, and Van Nuys Airport. Diana Morales, a 12

th Grade student at Van Nuys High School said, "I learned a lot about the different opportunities in this field. This experience showed me that you can find things you like to do and apply it to aviation."

Job Shadow Day also benefits employers at VNY who rely on these students to be part of the next generation of aviation workers. "We enjoy this event every year. It gives us a chance to share our company and at the same time show students what to expect in the workplace," stated Norm Anderson, Chief Operating Officer at Skybird Aviation. 

About Van Nuys Airport:

VNY is one of three airports owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), a self-supporting branch of the City of Los Angeles, governed by a seven-member Board of Airport Commissioners who are appointed by the mayor and approved by the Los Angeles City Council.

One of the world's busiest general aviation airports, VNY serves as a valued San Fernando Valley resource, providing ongoing leadership in general aviation, business and community service. Dedicated to noncommercial air travel, VNY had over 232,000 operations in

2014. More than 100 businesses are located on the 730-acre airport, including four major fixed- base operators and numerous aviation service companies.

Annually, the airport contributes approximately $1.3 billion to the Southern California economy and supports over 12,000 jobs. In addition, VNY provides programs to benefit local residents, along with educational initiatives and aviation-related career and training opportunities. For more information, visit , like us on Facebook at, follow us on Twitter at and Instagram at

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