Van Nuys Airport

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Van Nuys Airport (IATA: VNYICAO: KVNYFAA LID: VNY) is a public airport located in Van Nuys in the San Fernando Valley section of the city limits of Los Angeles, California, United States. No major commercial airlines fly into this airport; it is used by private, chartered, and small commercial aircraft. It is owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports.

Van Nuys Airport is currently the busiest general aviation airport in the world (the second busiest being Phoenix Deer Valley Airport), and the 25th busiest airport (in terms of takeoffs and landings) in the world.[1] With just two parallel runways, Van Nuys Airport handled 448,681 aircraft movements in 2005, averaging over 1,200 operations/day; in 2006 it handled 394,915 movements, nearly 1,100 per day. By comparison, Los Angeles International Airport (with 4 runways and exceptional amounts of commercial traffic) has roughly 1700 operations a day. The airport was the world's busiest general aviation airport through 2005.

Hollywood celebrities, politicians, and business executives are known to use this airport because it offers them convenience and anonymity.

The airport is also home to the Van Nuys FlyAway Bus service, which provides non-stop bus service from the airport to Los Angeles International Airport. This allows travelers to park their cars at Van Nuys and not have to deal with driving to LAX or parking fees at LAX.

Most news helicopters from the Los Angeles area are based at Van Nuys Airport. The Los Angeles City Fire Department operates its Air Operations Unit at Van Nuys Airport.

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Facilities

Van Nuys Airport covers 725 acres (293 ha) and has two runways:

  • Runway 16R/34L: 8,001 x 150 ft (2,439 x 46 m), Surface: Asphalt
  • Runway 16L/34R: 4,011 x 75 ft (1,223 x 23 m), Surface: Asphalt

Incidents

  • In 2001, a KTTV news helicopter "Sky Fox 2", a secondary helicopter that was previously owned by KTLA, crashed at Van Nuys airport after experiencing problems while covering the Academy Awards.
  • A Cessna 525 Citation CJ1 twin-engine jet departing for Long Beach Airport crashed 0.5 miles (1 km) north of the airport on January 12, 2007, killing two people on board the plane. One was reported to be the owner of the company which operated the aircraft.[2]

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