Whiteman Airport

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Whiteman Airport
Facility diagram of Whiteman Airport (KWHP).jpg
Airport typePublic
OperatorLos Angeles County
LocationPacoima, California
Elevation AMSL1,003 ft / 305.7 m
Coordinates34°15′33.57″N 118°24′48.35″W / 34.2593250°N 118.4134306°W / 34.2593250; -118.4134306Coordinates: 34°15′33.57″N 118°24′48.35″W / 34.2593250°N 118.4134306°W / 34.2593250; -118.4134306
Direction Length Surface
ft m
12/30 4,120 1,256 Asphalt

Whiteman Airport (previously known as Whiteman Air Park) (IATA: WHP, ICAO: KWHP) is a general aviation airport in the northeastern San Fernando Valley community of Pacoima, in the city of Los Angeles, California.

The airport was founded as "Whiteman Air Park" in 1946 on a farm by pilot Marvin Whiteman Sr. as a non-tower controlled, private airport. Later, Whiteman Manufacturing Co. was built on the airport's west side. In 1970 the airport was purchased by the County of Los Angeles. During the 1980s the name was changed to "Whiteman Airport", but it is still commonly referred to as "Whiteman Airpark" by old-time local pilots to this day.[1]

The airport is open to general aviation aircraft 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is home to over 600 aircraft, and numerous aviation-related businesses.[2][3]

The airport can handle small aircraft as well as medium turboprops and jets, although little jet traffic is seen on its rather narrow runway. The control tower is in operation daily. The single runway has runway end identifier lights (REILs), pilot controlled medium-intensity runway lighting (MIRLs) and a precision approach path indicator (PAPI). Full and self-service fuel is available around the clock. The airport has an AWOS Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS) with data available continuously by radio and telephone.[3]


  • Runway 12/30: 4,120 x 75 ft (1,256 x 23 m) Asphalt

Barton Heliport of the LACoFD[edit]

Flying Clubs and Groups[edit]

Whiteman Airport is home to Senior Squadron 35, Cadet Squadron 137, and Los Angeles County Group 1 of the Civil Air Patrol, as well as EAA Chapter 40 and a branch of the Young Eagles.

In Popular Culture[edit]

Whiteman Airport is mentioned in season 5 of the television series Bosch.

Whiteman Airport was used for filming the final sequence of the film Sharknado, standing in for Lancaster Airport.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Los Angeles Times, February 1, 1987: "Airport Panel Seeks Tower at Whiteman" Linked 2014-05-17
  2. ^ Martha, Willman (1 March 1998). "Safety Record Vexes Airfield on City Fringe". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Whiteman Airport". Los Angeles Department of Public Works. 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Air Operations". Los Angeles County Fire Department. Retrieved 2007-02-17.

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