VNY News Release


03/16/2022 12:00 AM

For Immediate Release
March 16, 2022

VNY Public Relations
(818) 442-6526


Successful online program returns to showcase aviation careers for students

(Van Nuys, CA) – March 16, 2022 – , Van Nuys Airport (VNY), one of the world’s busiest general aviation airports, has opened registration to students for its 16th Annual Aviation Career Day, which will be held virtually on Friday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to noon. The two-hour program invites high school students to learn about the wide range of job opportunities in aviation and encourages them to pursue careers in the industry.

Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez will co-host the event along with VNY and The Valley Economic Alliance.

“As a historic landmark, a job creator, and a mainstay of the San Fernando Valley, the Van Nuys Airport is such a vital part of Council District 6," said Council President Nury Martinez. "The Van Nuys Airport goes above and beyond with their Aviation Career Day each year by offering students from the Valley a unique opportunity to network with important industry leaders to pursue their dreams of working in aviation.”

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), film and charter companies, and women in various aviation careers will all make presentations during the event. Students will have the opportunity to network with members of the San Fernando Valley 99’s, an organization representing woman pilots, mechanics, the U.S. Army, California Aeronautical University, Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 40, and other aviation representatives. The program will conclude with an interactive question-and-answer session with industry leaders, and a virtual tour of the airport.

“Van Nuys Airport takes pride in its educational programs and will continue to deliver quality programming that is accessible to our local students,” said Flora Margheritis, VNY Airport Manager. “The airport is committed to supporting local schools and inspiring students to pursue careers in aviation.”

“The Valley Economic Alliance is proud to partner with Los Angeles City Council President Martinez and Van Nuys Airport to expose students to the possibility of future careers in aviation right in their own neighborhood,” said Sonya Kay Blake, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Valley Economic Alliance.

For students more eager to get involved, VNY will host its annual Job Shadow Day this summer where students are paired with industry leaders to learn alongside professionals in the field of their choice.

Students interested in Aviation Career Day can register here. For questions, please call the VNY Public and Community Relations Office at (818) 442-6526.

About Van Nuys Airport:

VNY is one of two 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 2020. More than 200 businesses are located on the 730-acre airport, including four major fixed-base operators and numerous aviation service companies. Annually, the airport contributes approximately $2 billion to the Southern California economy and supports over 10,000 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 and Instagram.

As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities. Alternative formats in large print, braille, audio, and other forms (if possible) will be provided upon request.

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