YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsVan Nuys Airport

Van Nuys Airport

March 24, 2009 | Dan Weikel
Los Angeles airport officials Monday approved construction of a key modernization project at LAX and took steps to shore up the finances of Van Nuys Airport, which has been operating at a deficit for at least a decade. The Board of Airport Commissioners unanimously awarded an $82-million contract to R&L Brosamer Inc. to build a cross-field taxiway for Los Angeles International Airport that would make it easier for aircraft to move between the north and south runway complexes.
November 26, 2008 | James Wagner
A twin-engine plane with two people aboard landed safely at Van Nuys Airport after an equipment failure forced the plane to return to the airport after taking off Tuesday morning. The pilot of the privately owned Cessna 310 reported landing gear difficulty just after 11 a.m., said Harold Johnson, an airport spokesman. The plane landed safely about 12:20 p.m., and both passengers walked away from it. It landed on both rear landing wheels and, before it came to a stop, plopped down on its nose.
June 14, 2008 | Dan Weikel
The City Council on Friday discussed whether to oppose a planned curfew for flights at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, a restriction that could divert aircraft to busy Van Nuys Airport and Los Angeles International Airport. The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority has proposed banning most takeoffs and landings between 10 p.m. and 6:59 a.m. to reduce aircraft noise in surrounding residential neighborhoods, including some in Los Angeles. Councilman Tony Cardenas, who drafted the resolution, contends that the curfew would force aircraft to divert to airports that also have noise problems, including Van Nuys, already the busiest general aviation facility in the world.
December 31, 2007 | Tiffany Hsu
A small airplane made a rough landing Sunday morning at the Van Nuys airport, but no one was injured, officials said. Just after 11 a.m., the plane's brakes locked as it landed, causing moderate damage but no injuries to the two people aboard, said public information officer Treva Miller. Fire officials and paramedics arrived and shut down the runway for about 30 minutes to investigate, said Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. -- Tiffany Hsu
November 8, 2007 | Peter Pae, Times Staff Writer
Flying in a private jet has been typically reserved for the privileged few who can easily drop $20,000 for a weekend ski trip to Aspen, Colo. But two Santa Monica High School graduates are starting a no-frills discount "air taxi" service that could allow more people to join the jet set. Next year, the company, JetAviva, will begin offering seats on a new line of small planes that it says will bring airline affordability to the private-jet experience.
April 20, 2007 | Adrian G. Uribarri, Times Staff Writer
Sergio Suarez has designed battleships, a castle and a jumbo jet. His laboratory holds computers with 3-D engineering software, about 25 colleagues and robotic arms. Suarez, 17, is a junior at Monroe High School in North Hills. His lab is his classroom. And since his sister became a flight attendant when he was 10 or 11, he's wanted to be an architectural engineer, specializing in aviation. "I want to build hangars," he said.
February 23, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
The pilot of a small business jet bound for Van Nuys Airport suffered head injuries amid heavy turbulence Thursday night, but the craft landed safely at the San Fernando Valley facility after the co-pilot took over the controls. Officials said the pilot, identified as a 50-year-old man, appeared to have suffered only a small cut and a bump and was in good spirits after the landing. He was, however, taken to Mission Community Hospital in Panorama City for evaluation.
January 13, 2007 | Andrew Blankstein and Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writers
A business jet loaded with fuel crashed and burst into flames shortly after takeoff from Van Nuys Airport on Friday morning, killing the two veteran pilots aboard and narrowly missing homes, officials said. At least one witness said he saw an open baggage door on the left front side of the Cessna Citation shortly before the plane lost altitude and plowed into an open lot. "The baggage compartment in the nose was wide open," said Steve Purwin, a pilot with 25 years' experience.
July 18, 2006 | Jennifer Oldham, Times Staff Writer
Resurrecting a years-long battle between airplane operators and other businesses that rely on the world's busiest general aviation airport and residents who live around it, Los Angeles officials moved on Monday to consider additional restrictions on noisy commercial and charter jets at Van Nuys Airport.
Los Angeles Times Articles