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There’s a reason Van Nuys Airport is among the five busiest – many years in the Number 1 slot – general aviation airports in the world.

People like to fly here. Tucked away on 730 acres in the heart of California’s San Fernando Valley, Van Nuys is a convenient and discreet gateway into and out of the West Coast for celebrities and VIPs.

It allows A-list travelers to hire private jets and arrive and depart in total privacy. A private entrance allows vehicles to drive directly to an aircraft to pick up or drop off passengers out of the public eye.

And, despite the lack of human eyes, there are scores of electronic eyes – almost 100 security cameras – that keep close watch on the place and the luxury planes that park there.

Van Nuys airport diagram

Van Nuys Airport Diagram Picture Source

What is Van Nuys Airport code?

IATA: VNY, ICAO: KVNY

Why rent a jet at Van Nuys?

VNY and Los Angeles International (LAX) are both owned by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), a self-supporting city department. It’s run by a board of commissioners.

VNY has two parallel runways – one with full instrument landing system – and a FAA tower. The main runway is 8,000 feet long, the other, a training runway, is 4,000 feet long. Van Nuys can accommodate any rented charter jet. In fact, more than 700 non-commercial planes and jets take off daily.

You will be among the rich and famous – including Barack Obama, Justin Bieber, and Rihanna – who have used the airport.

Airport Information for Van Nuys Airport (KVNY, VNY)

AIRPORT INFORMATION
ICAOKVNY
IATAVNY
LOCATIONVan Nuys, CA, United States
FACILITY TYPEAIRPORT
Runway Length (ft) Width (ft) Surface Type Elevation (ft)
16L/34R 4011 75 ASPH-G 802
16R/34L 8001 150 ASPH-G 802

Gulfstream G650 Landing at Van Nuys Airport

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Charter a private jet where Amelia Earhart flew

On Dec. 17, 1928, the 25th anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ first flight, a group of businessmen opened what would become Van Nuys Airport.

Metropolitan Airport was an 80-acre airport in the middle of peach orchards and walnut groves in San Fernando Valley. It was a place for experimentation in flight and used by famous early aviators like Amelia Earhart to set speed records.

Metropolitan Airport was a far cry from today’s 730-acre Van Nuys Airport that handles some 220,000 business, private, corporate and government jets a year. It’s a reliever airport that reduces traffic around commercial airports like Los Angeles International (LAX), making them safer and more efficient. More than 100 businesses have grown up around VNY, including four fixed base operators, Castle & Cooke, Clay Lacy, Jet and Signature aviation. Jet services are available from the FBOs and other businesses at the airport that do repairs and other aviation activities.

According to the airport’s website, an economic study shows that Van Nuys Airport contributes about $1.3 billion annually to the Southern California economy and supports more than 12,300 jobs.

The Wall Street Journal studied thousands of private aircraft flights between 2007 and 2011. It found that the flight from Van Nuys Airport to New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport, another of the world’s busiest general aviation airports, is especially popular among celebrities and corporate types because Van Nuys is close to West L.A. and Teterboro is close to Manhattan. Companies that have made that run many times include Paramount Pictures, companies owned by Hard Rock founder Peter Morton and Guitar Center.

Aircraft Landing at Van Nuys Airport

Aircraft Landing at Van Nuys Airport. Picture Source.

Hollywood made Van Nuys Airport famous

Van Nuys is not only an airport used by flying celebrities, it has also been a popular location for filming since the 1930s when Dean Daily, a former cameraman, saw it as a way to make money for his grandmother and then-airport owner, Drusilla Daily Warner. (He also grew banana squash around the airport to make money to make ends meet.)

When the Great Depression nearly closed the airport, Hollywood film production saved it.

Hollywood stars and film makers, such as Gene Autry, Cecil B. DeMille and Howard Hughes, not only used the airport for travel, they used the airport for movie scenes, infusing it with much needed money.

In the movies

You’ll find scenes of Van Nuys Airport in these movies:

  • Hell’s Angels
  • Lost Horizon
  • Test Pilot
  • Flying Deuces
  • Casablanca (While the romantic final scene in which Humphrey Bogart bids farewell to Ingrid Bergman was filmed at Metropolitan Airport with hangars and an Art Deco tower (torn down in the 1960s) in the background, the famous farewell on a foggy Moroccan runway was filmed on a Warner Bros. soundstage.)
  • Foxfire
  • The Presidio
  • Midnight Run
  • Charlie’s Angels
  • Full Throttle
  • The Bodyguard
  • Patriot Games
  • Last Action Hero
  • In the Line of Fire
  • Lethal Weapon, Crash
  • A Star is Born (remake with Lady Gaga)

On TV

  • Entourage (many scenes including the one in which Kanye West offers friends a ride to Cannes)
  • Airwolf (used the hangars for Santini Air)
  • Dynasty
  • Candid Camera
  • Unsolved Mysteries
  • MacGyver
  • Quantum Leap
  • CSI
  • Glee
  • Scandal
  • Shark Tank
  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

In music videos

  • Britney Spears’ “Stronger”
  • Metallica’s “The Memory Remains”
  • Blink-182’s “All the Small Things”
  • Kiss’ “God Gave Rock and Roll To You 2”

And then there was Marilyn

In 1945, a woman named Norma Jeane (Baker) Dougherty was working on the airport grounds on an assembly line at Radioplane Company, which manufactured drones for the U.S. Army during World War II. A photographer was sent to the plant to shoot photos for a story in Yank Army Weekly Magazine about female workers in the war effort.

That photo made her famous. She changed her name to Marilyn Monroe and was given a screen test. Before overdosing in 1962 on barbiturates at age 35, she starred in 29 films and was married three times.

Land a private charter jet on “One Six Right”

In 1957, the name changed for the last time to Van Nuys Airport and the Sherman Way underpass was built to extend the main runway (the famed “One Six Right” to 8,000 feet.

“One Six Right” shows the passion that pilots have towards flying and the benefits that general aviation, including hired charter jets at VNY, bring. The movie showcases the ups and downs of Van Nuys airport, which is located 11 miles northwest of Hollywood.

The documentary film was made in 2005 by Brian Terwilliger, a producer and director, who spent five years making the movie named for the compass heading painted on the tarmac, “16R.” He was concerned about the future of general aviation, especially at Van Nuys.

In the film, the narrator says, “When pilots hear ‘one six right,’ they know they’re home.

“Every two weeks, an airport closes in the United States,” the narrator goes on to say.

While Van Nuys, the largest employer in the San Fernando Valley, is in no real danger of closing anytime soon, Terwilliger wanted to memorialize all the aviation firsts that have taken place there.

In the documentary, Terwilliger, who had learned to fly at Van Nuys, interviews many airplane lovers, including director Sydney Pollack.

Races and records and firsts

Men and women in their new-fangled flying machines were drawn to Van Nuys (Metropolitan Airport) in the early days of flight.

When Metropolitan Airport opened, it was run by Waldo Dean Waterman, a test pilot and engineer for a manufacturing company at the airport. Waterman held non-stop races to Cleveland, Ohio, and set many records, including a seven-day stay in the air in a plane that was able to be refueled mid-air.

In 1929, one of the first female pilots, Bobbi Trout, set an endurance record when she circled the airport for 12 hours, 11 minutes without refueling.

Later in 1929, Amelia Earhart set a speed record of 184 mph.

In 1930, Florence “Pancho” Barnes flew 196 mph, breaking Amelia Earhart’s record.

The P-80, America’s first fighter jet, had its test flights at the airport during World War II.

In 1965, National Guard pilots Clay Lacy and Jack Conroy flew a Learjet on a record-setting transcontinental round-trip flight from Van Nuys to New York and back.

The term “jet-setter” was coined when Frank Sinatra bought a Learjet to travel back and forth to Las Vegas and Palm Springs with Rat Pack buddies, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Dean Martin.

The B-2 stealth bomber was first shown to the public at the Van Nuys Airport Aviation Expo in 1996.

Through the years

1920s and 1930s

When it opened, biplane hangar fees were $35 per month and landing fees were 50 cents.

In 1929, when the stock market crashed and many airplane owners and aviation companies went broke, the airport remained open thanks to the money made by planes bringing in bootleg liquor from Mexico.

The 1940s

After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, the U.S. Army took over Metropolitan Airport. It bought land to nearly triple its size and paved and extended the runways to create Van Nuys Army Airfield where fighter pilots were trained.

It also became an important defense-manufacturing center.

In 1944, the U.S. Navy and Lockheed Corporation went together to build the Navy Lockheed Plant, a modification facility for aircraft.

After the war, the City of Los Angeles bought the airport for $1 as war surplus and renamed it San Fernando Valley Airport.

1950s and 1960s

The 1950s brought substantial growth to general aviation at the airport and local industries.

In 1957, the name changed for the last time to Van Nuys Airport.

In 1959, the Sherman Way underpass, which allowed cars to go under the runway, was built, allowing the main runway to be extended from 6,000 to 8,000 feet, the famous “One Six Right.”

In the 1960s, aerospace companies began to locate at the airport and VNY was enlarged to meet their needs. The Van Nuys Golf Course was built at the south end of the airport in the late 1960s, and a new control tower was constructed that is still in use today.

1970s and 1980s

In 1973 at the 10th Annual Van Nuys Airport Aviation Expo, the command module from Apollo 14 was on display.

In 1975, the FlyAway Bus Terminal opened to provide nonstop bus service to LAX.

In the 1980s, Bob Hope embarked from the airport on his last USO tour for American troops abroad.

Today

Van Nuys is home to about 800 planes, ranging from corporate jets to puddle jumpers. You can fly your own plane or rent a private charter jet into Van Nuys Airport.

Popular Los Angeles Charter Flights

If you’ve ever visited Los Angeles, California, it will come as no surprise that Van Nuys Airport is one of the most popular airports for private jet charter.

From the Hollywood Walk of Fame to Disneyland and the Staples Center – the home of LA Lakers – there are countless things to do in and around Los Angeles. Not to mention, it’s home to some of America’s most well-known celebrities.

If you’re looking to join the long list of private flyers at Van Nuys Airport, we have just the thing for you. Check out the infographic below for a list of the top 10 destinations from Van Nuys Airport. It includes lots of useful information such as distances, times, and how much you can expect to pay.

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ROUTE ONE WAY ROUND TRIP
Rank From To Sample Aircraft Dist (NM) Time of Flight Price (USD) Dist (NM) Time of Flight Price (USD) Round Trip Price Notes
1 KVNY, VNY
Van Nuys Airport,
Van Nuys, CA, USA
KLAS, LAS
Mc Carran Intl Airport,
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Phenom 100 (4 seats) 199 0:45 $5,850 398 2:00 $5,850 Same Day Return
2 KVNY, VNY
Van Nuys Airport,
Van Nuys, CA, USA
KTEB, TEB
Teterboro Airport,
Teterboro, NJ, USA
Citation X (8 seats) 2129 4:25 $30,000 4258 9:31 $64,000 Open Return
3 KVNY, VNY
Van Nuys Airport,
Van Nuys, CA, USA
KSJC, SJC
San Jose Int'l Airport,
San Jose, CA, USA
Beechjet 400A (7 seats) 253 1:06 $7,270 506 2:12 $7,270 Same Day Return
4 KVNY, VNY
Van Nuys Airport,
Van Nuys, CA, USA
KOAK, OAK
Metropolitan Oakland Intl Airport,
Oakland, CA, USA
Citation X (8 seats) 278 0:52 $10,750 556 1:54 $10,750 Same Day Return
5 KVNY, VNY
Van Nuys Airport,
Van Nuys, CA, USA
KSFO, SFO
San Francisco Int'l Airport ,
San Francisco, CA, USA
Hawker 800XP (8 seats) 279 0:56 $7,850 558 2:00 $7,850 Same Day Return
6 KVNY, VNY
Van Nuys Airport,
Van Nuys, CA, USA
KASE, ASE
Pitkin County Airport,
Aspen, CO, USA
Challenger 604 (12 seats) 635 1:36 $20,852 1270 3:12 $27,240 Next Day Return
7 KVNY, VNY
Van Nuys Airport,
Van Nuys, CA, USA
KSDL, SDL
Scottsdale Airport,
Scottsdale, AZ, USA
Learjet 60 (7 seats) 421 1:12 $10,080 660 2:30 $10,080 Same Day Return
8 KVNY, VNY
Van Nuys Airport,
Van Nuys, CA, USA
KMRY, MRY
Monterey Peninsula Airport,
Monterey, CA, USA
Citation Mustang (4 seats) 218 0:45 $5,850 436 1:30 $5,850 Same Day Return
9 KVNY, VNY
Van Nuys Airport,
Van Nuys, CA, USA
KSLC, SLC
Salt Lake City Intl Airport,
Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Citation V (7 seats) 502 1:36 $9,880 1004 3:12 $12,768 Next Day Return
10 KVNY, VNY
Van Nuys Airport,
Van Nuys, CA, USA
KAPC, APC
Napa County Airport,
Napa, CA, USA
Beechjet 400 (7 seats) 303 1:12 $7,790 606 2:24 $7,790 Same Day Return

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Top 10 US Private Jet Routes From Van Nuys Airport Flights By Aircraft Category Flight Totals
Rank Departure Airport Destination Airport Very Light Jet Light Jet Midsize Jet Super Mid Jet Large Jet Ultra Long Range Jet Total Flights Flights/ Month
1 KVNY, VNY Van Nuys Airport, Van Nuys, CA, USA KLAS, LAS Mc Carran Intl Airport, Las Vegas, NV, USA 137 338 279 144 424 51 1373 114
2 KVNY, VNY Van Nuys Airport, Van Nuys, CA, USA KTEB, TEB Teterboro Airport, Teterboro, NJ, USA 0 1 38 196 398 114 747 62
3 KVNY, VNY Van Nuys Airport, Van Nuys, CA, USA KSJC, SJC San Jose Intl Airport, San Jose, CA, USA 63 133 77 75 113 37 498 42
4 KVNY, VNY Van Nuys Airport, Van Nuys, CA, USA KOAK, OAK Metropolitan Oakland Intl Airport, Oakland, CA, USA 28 129 84 79 131 45 496 41
5 KVNY, VNY Van Nuys Airport, Van Nuys, CA, USA KSFO, SFO San Francisco Intl Airport, San Francisco CA, USA 16 121 56 52 103 31 379 32
6 KVNY, VNY Van Nuys Airport, Van Nuys, CA, USA KASE, ASE Pitkin County Airport, Aspen CO, USA 6 39 47 43 105 23 263 22
7 KVNY, VNY Van Nuys Airport, Van Nuys, CA, USA KSDL, SDL Scottsdale Airport, Scottsdale, AZ, USA 15 59 39 35 77 5 230 19
8 KVNY, VNY Van Nuys Airport, Van Nuys, CA, USA KMRY, MRY Monterey Peninsula Airport, Monterey, CA, USA 19 40 42 19 57 18 195 16
9 KVNY, VNY Van Nuys Airport, Van Nuys, CA, USA KSLC, SLC Salt Lake City Intl Airport, Salt Lake City, UT, USA 2 55 34 36 49 10 186 16
10 KVNY, VNY Van Nuys Airport, Van Nuys, CA, USA KAPC, APC Napa County Airport, Napa, CA, USA 13 53 22 39 37 17 181 15

FBOs and Handlers at Van Nuys Airport, KVNY, VNY

NAME ADDRESS PHONE WEBSITE
Clay Lacy Aviation  7435 VALJEAN AVE  (818) 989-2900   
Duncan Avionics  7435 VALJAEN AVE  (818) 902-9961   
Million Air  16700 ROSCOE BLVD  (818) 994-4990   
Petersen Aviation  7155 VALJEAN AVE  (818) 989-2300   
Raytheon Aircraft Services  7240 HAYVENHURST AVE  (818) 756-2160   
Skytrails Aviation  16233 VANOWEN ST  (818) 901-9550   
Signature Flight Suppor  7240 HAYVENHURST AVE
VAN NUYS, CA 91406 
818-464-9500   
Bob Hoovers Jet Center  16644 Roscoe Blvd
Van Nuys, CA 91406
United States of America  
818-779-3089   
Signature Flight Support East  7155 Valjean Ave at Sherman Way
Van Nuys, CA 91406-3917  
818-989-2300   
Signature East  7155 VALJEAN AVE,
VAN NUYS 91406 
800 451 7270   
Castle And Cook  7415 HAYVENHURST PL, VAN NUYS, CA 91406  818 988 8385   
Signature West  7240 Hayvenhurst Pl, Van Nuys, CA 91406  (818) 464-9500   
Signature North  16700 ROSCOE BLVD NJ 07608 VAN NUYS, CALIFORNIA 91406
 
+818-994-4990   
Pegasus Elite Aviation  7943 Woodley Ave
Van Nuys
91406 
818.742.6666   
Pegasus Elite Aviation  7943 Woodley Ave
Van Nuys, CA 91406 
818-742-6666   
Jet Aviation   16644 Roscoe Blvd, Van Nuys 91406
 
818-722-5103    
Sun Air Jets  7943 Woodley Ave.
Van Nuys, CA 
818-798-8036   

METAR Weather Data at Van Nuys Airport, KVNY, VNY

STATIONKVNY
OBSERVEDSun Sep 22, 04:51 UTC
NOWSun Sep 22, 05:51 UTC
AGE60 min ago
WINDWNW at 3 mph
VISIBILITY10 miles
CLOUDSclear skies
TEMP75°F (24°C)
DEWPT50°F (10°C)
HUMIDITY41%
BAROMETER1011 hPa (29.86 in Hg)
METARKVNY 220451Z 29003KT 10SM CLR 24/10 A2986 RMK AO2 SLP102 T02390100

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