Companies awarded for flying friendly

VAN NUYS, Calif. — Twenty general aviation companies received Friendly Flyer Awards May 21 for achieving outstanding compliance with the Van Nuys Airport’s (VNY) Fly Friendly Program for calendar year 2012.

This year’s inaugural winners of the Friendly Flyer Award were recognized at the Board of Airport Commissioners meeting held at Van Nuys City Hall.

The voluntary Fly Friendly/Quiet Departure Program for jet aircraft was established in 1994 to address the community’s concerns regarding jet aircraft noise in neighboring areas. New departure target noise levels and expanded aircraft types were included in a program update implemented in 2012 to address a change in fleet mix and to improve the target noise levels using a larger data set.

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) created the annual “Friendly Flyer” award to acknowledge those operators who complied with all noise abatement policies and procedures and achieved the highest level of success in adhering to the Fly Friendly/Quiet Departure Program.

“We are proud of the award recipients. The Fly Friendly program encourages aviation businesses to be responsible neighbors.” said Van Nuys Airport Manager, Jess Romo.

The award winners were determined using the following criteria:

  • At least 60 southbound jet departures during CY 2012
  • No violations of noise ordinances:
  • Noise Abatement & Curfew Regulation (Ordinance Nos. 155727 and 171889)
  • Non-Additional Rule (Ordinance No.173215)
  • Noisier Jet Phase Out (Ordinance No. 181106)
  • 99% or greater compliance with voluntary No Early Turn and the Fly Friendly/Quiet Departure Programs

2012 Friendly Flyer Award Winners:

  • Airbar, LLC
  • Leonard Green & Partners, LLC
  • CitationAir
  • NetJets
  • Clay Lacy Aviation
  • Dreamline Aviation, LLC
  • Paramount Pictures Corporation
  • Flexjet
  • Space Exploration Technologies
  • Flight Options
  • Travel Management Company, Ltd.
  • Glenbrook Capital Logistics, LLC
  • Tutor-Saliba Corporation
  • Green Two, Inc.
  • TWC Aviation
  • Jet-Alliance, Inc.
  • West Coast Charters, LLC
  • JetSuite
  • XOJET, Inc.

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 260,000 operations in 2012. More than 100 businesses are located on the 730-acre airport, including five FBOs 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.

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