Van Nuys Airport owner Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) has issued a request for qualifications for two FBO properties at the airport. One property, situated on Daily Drive, has been vacant for several years. According to a LAWA spokeswoman, a pending deal on the location fell through, resulting in a new proposal process. The other location is the former Pentastar FBO, currently managed by Cutter Aviation, which has pledged a multimillion-dollar renovation of the facility if it is awarded a new lease. The submission window for the two properties closes at the end of this month.
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Construction on the first section (north end) of the main runway at Van Nuys Airport is expected to be completed this month. The $20 million renovation project, which began in February, aims to rehabilitate and modernize the 8,000-foot Runway 16R/34L to meet current FAA design standards.
Western Jet Aviation, a heavy-maintenance facility based at Van Nuys Airport in Southern California, has opened a satellite maintenance base at Reno-Tahoe International Airport in Reno, Nev. Located in the former Jet West FBO facility, the Western Jet satellite is equipped for light through heavy maintenance and staffed by two mechanics. Western Jet founder and general manager Jim Hansen said he plans to employ five to 10 mechanics at the Reno facility. “The airport is committed to grow,” he said.
It’s another election year and time for a fresh round of craven attacks on general aviation by the uninformed elected.
While Congress can’t seem to pass an FAA budget on time, that hasn’t stopped a few members from attempting to micromanage FAA authority in their own districts, especially if it helps them get re-elected.
Mid-Continent Instruments’ Van Nuys, Calif. facility has been awarded full Class 1, 2, 3 radio and Class 3 accessory repair certification from the FAA. The certification enables the company to add avionics and accessory types to its current service offerings without applying for each approval from the local FAA Flight Standards District Office. They are the highest level of repair certifications issued by the FAA.
Twenty years ago Mid-Continent Instruments opened a West Coast facility at Van Nuys Airport in Southern California, starting with a tiny 500-sq-ft building. The company’s West Coast division has grown since then and is now housed in a 15,000-sq-ft facility.
The Van Nuys, Calif., Castle & Cooke base partnered with The Hiller Group to become a dealer for Chevron aviation fuel. Castle & Cook has been based at Van Nuys since 1981 and offers more than 120,000 sq ft of office and hangar space. More than 65 jets are based at the Castle & Cooke Van Nuys FBO, which in 2009 signed a 30-year lease with airport owner Los Angeles World Airports and gained full FBO rights.
The longer that the House and Senate take to vote on FAA reauthorization legislation, the more likely that new proposals will be added that will further delay any vote.
A recent letter sent by three California congressmen to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure is asking for nighttime curfew legislation for Bob Hope Airport in Burbank and Van Nuys Airport to be added to the reauthorization bill.
The Los Angeles City Council voted on February 26 to ban Stage 2 aircraft from operating at Van Nuys (Calif.), phasing out these noisier jets over the next six years. The ban immediately affects aircraft generating more than 85 decibels and lowers the decibel limit in stages in 2011 and 2014. In 2016, any aircraft noisier than 77 decibels will be banned from using Van Nuys.
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