The empty Garrett Jet Center at Van Nuys Airport should finally see a new tenant. Local developer Castle & Cooke Aviation, which already operates a hangar and office facility at Van Nuys, has entered negotiations with Los Angeles World Airports to lease the Jet Center property and develop an FBO. Castle & Cooke does not have retail fueling rights at its existing facilities although it does provide fuel to tenants.
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The Los Angeles board of airport commissioners, the agency that oversees several airports in the metropolitan area, announced last month it was suing charter operator Pacific Jet. The suit involves what the board called Pacific Jet’s “repeated noise violations” at Van Nuys Airport (VNY).
In spring 2003, Million Air at Van Nuys Airport will break ground on a new $20 million, 250,000-sq-ft facility. The original plans, made a decade ago, were delayed when the 1994 Northridge earthquake hit and destroyed Million Air’s location in the original terminal building. From there until 1998, the FBO operated out of a doublewide trailer, when it moved into an office building in a terminal building.
Following a three-day trial without jury in mid-July, a federal district court judge in Southern California was set to decide a lawsuit filed by NBAA, the National Air Transportation Association, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association and five other aviation entities challenging the legality of the so-called non-addition rule for Stage 2 jets at Van Nuys Airport (VNY).
Maguire Aviation, which bought the former Petersen Aviation FBO at Van Nuys Airport in Southern California in 2006 and more recently the airport’s Million Air FBO, is planning to buy Skytrails Aviation, an FBO on the southeast corner of the airport. After the deal closes, Maguire’s total spending on leasehold acquisitions and infrastructure improvements at Van Nuys should reach more than $250 million during the next three years.
With the Van Nuys Airport (VNY), Calif., master plan in political limbo, officials at the nation’s busiest general aviation airport have come up with a temporary proposal that could help shepherd development at the airport until the final roadmap is in place. The temporary proposal sets aside 50 acres for piston-powered aircraft–similarly to the way the master plan aimed to preserve space for light aircraft.
Up-and-coming FBO company Maguire Aviation is now the largest leaseholder at Van Nuys Airport in Southern California, having bought the former Million Air FBO in early October. Maguire purchased Petersen Aviation on the south side of the airport a year earlier and recently added the former Disney (Air Shamrock) hangar on the west side of the airport.
If you liked One Six Right, the documentary about Van Nuys Airport with awesome flying sequences set to inspiring music, you’ll enjoy the new companion DVD, One Six Left. A 45-minute compilation of special features, One Six Left includes footage that there wasn’t room for in the original film and plenty of additional material for the aviation geek in all of us.
XtraJet, a Santa Monica, Calif.-based charter firm, has become the second operator to be sued by the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners for allegedly committing repeated violations of the noise restrictions at Van Nuys Airport (VNY). Earlier, the board filed a similar suit against charter operator Pacific Jet. The Pacific Jet case is awaiting assignment of a trial date.
• The Los Angeles board of airport commissioners has authorized airport staff members to begin advertising for qualified companies to perform Part 161 noise mitigation studies for Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Van Nuys Airport (VNY). The separate studies are not expected to be completed for three to five years.