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LAWA to study giving Van Nuys Airport autonomy

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Reprinted from the Daily News – by Rick Orlov, Staff Writer) With San Fernando Valley activists feeling the city ignores or misunderstands their concerns about Van Nuys Airport, the City Council on Wednesday approved a study looking at creating a separate commission to oversee the facility.

Currently, Los Angeles World Airports and the Board of Airport Commissioners oversee Van Nuys, along with Los Angeles International and Ontario International airports.

“Los Angeles World Airports staff has focused on LAX with Van Nuys Airport receiving little if any attention over the years,” said Don Schultz, a longtime community activist. “Look at the years it has taken to finalize a simple project such as the Propeller Park.

“Ontario International Airport has also voiced deep concerns as to how LAWA staff has ignored their needs and they are pursuing becoming the masters of their own destiny through the state Legislature by divorcing themselves from the LAWA family.”

A separate Van Nuys operation would allow LAWA to deal solely with LAX issues, Schultz said.

Councilman Tony Cardenas said many other residents who live in the area feel the same way.

“This airport is an asset for the city and is one of the busiest general aviation airports in the country,” Cardenas said. “We have to make sure that it continues to thrive.”

The proposal asks LAWA to report back in six months on three options for the airport, including plans for greater community oversight, creating a separate commission or the possibility of turning over the airport to private operators.

Wayne Williams, a member of the Van Nuys Airport Advisory Council, said he believes there needs to be more attention paid to recommendations made by the advisory panel.

“I think we have a very good panel these days, one that represents all interests at the airport from propellers to jets as well as the community,” Williams said. “I’m not sure we need a separate commission as much as a way for our recommendations to be heard and acted on.

Airport News

AOPA, TSA call on pilots to do their part – Airport Watch

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Lock Up Look Out.” That’s the new message from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), to pilots and others in the general aviation (GA) industry. AOPA and the TSA have once again teamed up to completely update the highly successful AOPA Airport Watch program, providing tips on keeping their aircraft and airports secure to every pilot in the country.

“Airport Watch works. We know it. The TSA knows it,” said AOPA President Phil Boyer. “Now we1ve completely updated the program, incorporating all we1ve learned since it started nearly four years ago.”

Fashioned after the successful neighborhood watch program, AOPA’s Airport Watch calls on pilots, aircraft owners, business owners, and others who are regularly at their local airport, to be the eyes and ears needed to keep that area secure. The program also encourages pilots to lock their airplanes and hangars after each use, and ask others to do the same.

AOPA’s Airport Watch encourages anyone who notices something suspicious to report it by calling the toll-free hotline, 866-GA-SECURE, or 911 if immediate response is needed. 866-GA-SECURE is staffed 24/7 by TSA employees, and each incident that is reported is investigated.

“Airport Watch is a simple, cost-effective program that works at all airports,” said Boyer. “If eternal vigilance is the price of freedom, then we1re taking this opportunity to remind pilots to protect their freedom to fly by keeping a watchful eye on their local airports.”

As part of the updated program, AOPA and TSA this week mailed a letter, brochure, and Airport Watch decals to every pilot in the country. In addition, airport managers, state aviation directors, select state legislators, and many FAA offices will receive a training DVD about Airport Watch and are asked to promote the program.

For more information, go to www.aopa.org/airportwatch