Van Nuys Airport
|Van Nuys Airport|
|Operator||Los Angeles World Airports|
|Serves||Los Angeles, California|
|Elevation AMSL||802 ft / 244.4 m|
- For the United States Air Force use of the airport (1942–1990), see Van Nuys Air National Guard Base
Van Nuys Airport (IATA: VNY, ICAO: KVNY, FAA LID: VNY) is a public airport in Van Nuys in the San Fernando Valley section of the city limits of Los Angeles, California. No major airlines fly into this airport, which is owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports.
The airport is home to the Van Nuys FlyAway Bus service, which runs nonstop buses to Los Angeles International Airport for travelers who park their cars at Van Nuys.
Many news, medical transport, and tour 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. The City of Los Angeles also has its maintenance hub at the airport, used for staging and maintaining LAPD and LADWP helicopters.
Van Nuys Airport covers 725 acres (293 ha) and has two runways:
- 16R/34L: 8,001 ft × 150 ft (2,439 m × 46 m) Asphalt
- 16L/34R: 4,013 ft × 75 ft (1,223 m × 23 m) Asphalt
- 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. One was reported to be the owner of the company which operated the aircraft.
- On November 25, 2008, a Cessna 310 carrying 2 people experienced landing gear problems. After burning off fuel, it was able to land on the runway without incident, although its front gear collapsed upon landing.
- On January 9, 2015, a Lancair aircraft crashed after takeoff just south of the airport at the intersection of Vanowen Street and Hayvenhurst Avenue. The pilot, an experienced flight instructor and Jet Propulsion Laboratory robotics engineer, was killed.
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- In 2005, One Six Right, a film documenting the history of Van Nuys Airport was released. It was named after the most favored runway at the airport.
- Many movies and television shows have been filmed at the airport, including an episode of the TV show Alias, and several episodes of Season 5 of 24. The 1980s action-espionage series Airwolf used the Van Nuys Airport hangars regularly as the site of "Santini Air", the charter air service company owned and operated by Ernest Borgnine's character (Dominic Santini) in the series.
- The dramatic ending of the 1950 film noir Armored Car Robbery takes place at what was then Los Angeles Metropolitan Airport. Antagonist William Talman and his burlesque queen girlfriend Adele Jergens are attempting to escape by chartered airplane, and are cornered by Detective Charles McGraw. Talman runs, and is killed on the runway by a landing airplane.
- A major part of the science fiction classic Silent Running was filmed at the Van Nuys Airport in March 1971. The Domes from the spacecraft that contained the last surviving forests were filmed there. The forest environments were originally intended to be filmed in the Mitchell Park Domes in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but the production budget forced the sequences to be shot in a newly completed aircraft hangar in Van Nuys.
- In the last episode of Season 1 of the HBO series Entourage, the final scene takes place at Van Nuys Airport, where Vincent Chase and company take off for New York City. It was also used in the fourth season when Kanye West offers the group a plane ride on a Marquis Jet to Cannes. In Season 5 episode 7, Chase and Ari Gold run into each other in a hangar as each are about to depart on separate flights to Geneva, Switzerland and Hawaii, respectively. The last episode of season 6, episode 12, is used as a location where Chase and his crew run into Matt Damon on the way to Italy for a film shoot.
- Van Nuys Airport was also a location for the filming of Britney Spears's music video for "Stronger", Metallica's music video for "The Memory Remains", pop-punk band Blink-182's music video for "All The Small Things" and Kiss's music video for "God Gave Rock and Roll To You 2".
- Van Nuys airport was also used to film the exterior airport scenes at the end of "Casablanca "
- "Two Killed In Van Nuys Jet Crash". KNBC. 2007-01-12. Archived from the original on 2007-01-15. Retrieved 2007-01-12.
- "Plane Slides to Stop on Runway". NBC Los Angeles. Retrieved 2008-11-25.
- "One dead as small plane crashes in street near Van Nuys Airport". Los Angeles Times. 2015-01-09. Retrieved 2015-01-09.
- Ryan, Harriet (2014-01-10). "JPL scientist killed in Van Nuys plane crash aided 'extreme' exploration". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2015-01-11.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Van Nuys Airport.|
- Official website
- openNav: VNY / KVNY charts
- (PDF), effective November 8, 2018
- Resources for this airport:
- Facebook: Van Nuys Airport (VNY)
- Twitter: @VanNuysAirport