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March 18, 1992 | JOHN SCHWADA
Los Angeles City Councilman Hal Bernson introduced a motion Tuesday that would impose a moratorium on construction at Van Nuys Airport until a blueprint for future growth of the city-owned facility is adopted. Bernson said that the city Department of Airports is seeking to expand the hangers at its Van Nuys facility to accommodate larger jets and that such actions violate an understanding the department has had with Van Nuys residents critical of aircraft noise.
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December 24, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
On the west side of Van Nuys Airport it's like World War II never ended. Vintage propeller planes once flown by U.S. Navy, Army Air Forces and Royal Air Force pilots are parked wingtip to wingtip along the taxiway. Nearby buildings are painted in camouflage. The sound of swing music sometimes drifts across the tarmac, and olive drab flight jackets are de rigueur. The planes and buildings belong to Condor Squadron, a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring America's veterans and the public display of the North American AT-6/SNJ Texan - a sturdy two-seater that helped train tens of thousands of military pilots during World War II and the Korean War. The group and its members own eight of the planes, making Van Nuys the site of one of the largest collections of such aircraft in the nation.
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April 25, 2000 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles officials declared Van Nuys Airport "very safe" in a report released Monday, but said more study is needed before deciding whether changes are needed at the world's busiest general aviation facility. The San Fernando Valley airfield meets or exceeds all federal safety requirements, concluded the report by city airports administrator Lydia Kennard. The study was ordered by the Los Angeles City Council after a Feb. 7 collision between two planes over Sylmar that killed four people.
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July 13, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
Authorities are investigating an incident in which a $2.3-million Learjet was spray-painted with graffiti in a secure area of Van Nuys Airport, a crime that Los Angeles police said was gang-related. The jet, which was vandalized with black spray-paint spelling out "flame," "R.I.P. " and an unidentified initial on the left front fuselage, was parked in an overflow area of the tarmac near Maguire Aviation in the 7100 block of Valjean Avenue, said law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation.
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July 16, 2009 | Mitchell Landsberg
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Wednesday appointed a leading hospitality industry entrepreneur, Sam Nazarian, to the city's Board of Airport Commissioners. Nazarian, 33, is founder and chief executive officer of SBE operating group, which runs splashy hotels, nightclubs and restaurants, including the Sahara hotel in Las Vegas and the four-star Bazaar by Jose Andres restaurant near Los Angeles' Beverly Center. If approved by the City Council, Nazarian would succeed Christine Essel, who resigned in May to run for the council in an upcoming District 2 special election.
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May 2, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times
Travelers at LAX were not experiencing unusual delays early Monday as heightened security measures went into effect there and at airports around the world after U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden . Security checkpoints were running at their typical Monday rates, as were U.S. Customs and Border Protection operations, said LAX spokeswoman Nancy Castles. Nico Melendez, spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration , also said it appeared to be Monday morning business as usual.  In a statement, Los Angeles Airport Police Chief George Centeno encouraged the public to report any suspicious activity to the police by calling (310)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2009 | By Dan Weikel
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday agreed to return more than $21.2 million to the operator of LAX to settle legal claims that airport funds were misappropriated in violation of federal regulations. On its last vote of the year, the council unanimously approved a plan for the city to repay $18.1 million to Los Angeles World Airports, which had been accused by the Federal Aviation Administration of improperly diverting the funds to L.A. Inc., the city's convention and visitors bureau.
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October 27, 1996
The Van Nuys Airport Part 150 Steering Committee will finally be reconvened Oct. 29 (at 7 p.m. at Airtel in Van Nuys) after almost four years of inaction. During the past four years, noise problems have grown worse as more helicopters and noisy Stage 2 aircraft have joined the Van Nuys fleet. The initial Part 150 recommendations do little to resolve noise problems and are clearly ineffective. Instead of reducing the number of jets and cutting back operations, the study recommended a weak "fly neighborly" policy that obviously does not control noise.
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July 13, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
Police believe gangs are responsible for a graffiti attack on a $2.3-million Learjet in a secure area of Van Nuys Airport. "This is a big deal to me, to have somebody who could get onto the airfield and who could do that kind of damage, that kind extensive graffiti to an aircraft, and not be seen," said Los Angeles Airport Police Chief Patrick Gannon. "I'm not happy about it. " Gannon, who said the culprit went to "great lengths" to access the airfield, said meetings have already taken place to discuss strategies to prevent future incidents, including parking aircraft where they will be more visible to airport security officers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
Authorities are investigating an incident in which a $2.3-million Learjet was spray painted with graffiti in a secure area of Van Nuys Airport, a crime that Los Angeles police said was gang-related. The jet, which was vandalized with black spray paint spelling out "flame," "R.I.P. " and an unidentified initial on the left front fuselage, was parked in an overflow area of the tarmac near Maguire Aviation in the 7100 block of Valjean Avenue at the time of the incident, said law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation.
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February 11, 2013 | By Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times
Single-engine Cessnas and a former Coast Guard HH-52 helicopter will continue to line one of the most unique classrooms within the Los Angeles Unified School District, thanks to a $100,000 donation announced Monday. The North Valley Occupational Center-Aviation Center had been facing closure or relocation after 40 years at Van Nuys Airport because of budget cuts and a rent increase. In recent weeks, the vocational school - which has produced thousands of mechanics - gained some high-powered backers, including L.A. Councilman and mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti.
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December 29, 2012 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti on Friday called for measures to keep a highly regarded aviation mechanics school at Van Nuys Airport from shutting down or being moved to smaller facilities elsewhere. Garcetti said he will request at the Jan. 4 council meeting that Los Angeles World Airports, the operator of Van Nuys, and the Los Angeles Unified School District explore ways to ensure the continued operation of the vocational school, which has produced thousands of mechanics during its 40-year history.
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December 27, 2012 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
A popular vocational center at Van Nuys Airport that has trained thousands of aviation mechanics during its 40-year history faces closure or relocation next year if the Los Angeles Unified School District can no longer afford to keep the facility open. Educators, students, national organizations and business owners at the airport say the loss of the program would be a blow to those seeking technical careers in the aviation industry, which is already suffering a shortage of qualified entry-level mechanics.
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June 13, 2012 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
The operators of busy Van Nuys Airport have agreed to dramatically reduce the number of days the main runway will be closed for major improvements. Plans call for the 8,000-foot runway to be closed for 10 days and 26 nights instead of 17 weeks — a lengthy closure that airport tenants said would hurt their operations, which have already been hit hard by the recession. Van Nuys is one of the busiest general-aviation airports in the nation, with more than 300,000 takeoffs and landings a year.
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April 11, 2012 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
A business dispute between two aviation companies at Van Nuys Airport is threatening emergency helicopter flights for injured and severely ill children from around Southern California to Children's Hospital Los Angeles. The disagreement could result in flight delays or even cancellations, according to executives at Helinet Aviation, which owns and operates 15 helicopters at the airport. Flights carrying donated organs for transplantation could also be affected, Helinet executives said.
NEWS
May 2, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times
Travelers at LAX were not experiencing unusual delays early Monday as heightened security measures went into effect there and at airports around the world after U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden . Security checkpoints were running at their typical Monday rates, as were U.S. Customs and Border Protection operations, said LAX spokeswoman Nancy Castles. Nico Melendez, spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration , also said it appeared to be Monday morning business as usual.  In a statement, Los Angeles Airport Police Chief George Centeno encouraged the public to report any suspicious activity to the police by calling (310)
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